Gay Marriage Ruling Could Face Lengthy Legal Process

By: Garrett Wymer Email
By: Garrett Wymer Email

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HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV) -- Virginia now joins Utah and Oklahoma as states where federal appeals courts have recently ruled gay marriage bans unconstitutional; however, the fight for both sides is far from over.

The court's 98-page opinion does not go into effect for 21 days, so courts won't be issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples until then.

In addition, The Washington Post reports that Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring does not favor gay marriages while the legal process is ongoing.

The defendant in this case can appeal the panel's decision to the full court of appeals or they can appeal directly to the United States Supreme Court.

"I do think the Supreme Court should go ahead and make the decision. It's been happening [in different states], it happened up in D.C., it's happening everywhere. I think it's cool. Everybody should have that choice no matter what state you live in," said Sheila Walker, who lives in Harrisonburg.

A lot of analysts expect this case to wind up in front of the Supreme Court. They say that could happen within the next year.

If the Supreme Court refuses to hear the case, then this decision will stand for the Fourth Circuit, which includes Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland, North Carolina and South Carolina.


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