Same Sex Marriage Decision is Put on Hold

WINCHESTER, Va. (WHSV)-- The Supreme Court has granted a request from a county clerk in Northern Virginia to prevent any same-sex marriages.

Victoria Kidd and Christy Berghoff are one same-sex couple who were married in DC three years ago on Aug. 20. They're not happy that same-sex marriages won't happen yet in Virginia. They're watching closely what will happen in September in the Supreme Court.

Aug. 20 was the last day for the Supreme Court to issue a stay to delay the case, and they did so around 3:30 p.m. Now, couples will have to wait longer to see how the Supreme Court rules.

That decision will come in September, when the case is up for review.

Kidd and Berghoff were two of the original plaintiffs in this lawsuit. That lawsuit is part of what has led to all this.

The Supreme Court's decision is a good thing for those standing for traditional values. They say they're glad to see the delay, but the decision has put a lot of plans that were in place for tomorrow on hold.

Some, including Pastor Mike Donovan, of the First Christian Church Universalist, had planned to perform ceremonies on Aug. 21. Those plans are now on hold, but that doesn't mean Donovan has given up hope.

"Public sentiment has shifted because more people are aware of gay people in their lives," said Pastor Donovan.

"It matters what the pastors decide, but that doesn't change the ultimate truth. Marriage is between one man and one woman," said Dean Welty, of the Valley Family Forum.

Dean Welty believes the ban, overturned by an appeal, shouldn't have happened.


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