Supreme Court Puts Hold on Gay Marriage

The United States Supreme Court has accepted the request to put a stay on allowing same-sex marriages in Virginia.

Tim Fitzgerald and his partner Neal Lam were looking forward to being married in Virginia.

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HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV) -- The United States Supreme Court has accepted the request to put a stay on allowing same-sex marriages in Virginia.

Advocates want the same rights as heterosexual couples; however, others say it shouldn't be in the court system in the first place.

"I expect the courts to stay out of our business and let us decide what marriage is, so while I'm grateful that the Supreme Court has issued the stay, I am also concerned," explained Dean Welty, the director of the Valley Family Forum.

"It's been a waiting game for years and years. We'll keep going to those equality marches and that kind of thing and hope you know that one day soon that it is overturned to where we are legally married," said Tim Fitzgerald, who is in a same-sex relationship waiting to be married.

Fitzgerald was planning on marrying his partner Neal, who he has been with since 2010, but now that's not possible. "That's disheartening," describes Fitzgerald.

Welty believes the gay-marriage ban, which was overturned by an appeal, shouldn't have happened.

"Our legislature and our people have spoken, and that should be the end of the matter," said Welty.

Fitzgerald believes sexuality and faith can mix.

"We do believe in the Lord and that kind of thing and I believe that people think that we're sinners, you know, for being in a same-sex couple, but like I said I believe in the eyes of the Lord, and Jesus, that we're all one in the same," explained Fitzgerald.

As Fitzgerald waits for a decision, he's grateful for community.

"Pastor's been very supportive of us," said Fitzgerald.

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

"I think the public sentiment has shifted because more people are aware of gay people in their lives," said Mike Donovan, the pastor at the First Christian Church Universalist in Harrisonburg.

Some pastors, like Donovan, had planned to perform ceremonies Thursday; however, it's up to the Supreme Court.

Not all pastors are on the same page with this sensitive issue.

This isn't the first time a stay has been issued. The justices issued an order putting unions on hold in Utah after the ban there was struck down.


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