The Impact of the Gay Marriage Ruling


HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV) -- Gay marriage is a hot-button issue in Virginia and a judge's decision that the state's same-sex marriage ban is unconstitutional could end up impacting Election Day.

Virginia joins Kentucky, Utah and Oklahoma as states that have had court rulings in favor of gay marriage over the last several months.

Dr. David K. McQuilkin, a local political analyst, said the ruling is definitely a win for Democrats because it is an issue that can motivate voters to head to the polls in November.

Dr. Bob Roberts, a political scientists at JMU, said after the wins in the presidential and state elections, gay marriage is an issue that can get liberal voters to turn out this year.

The Democrats are riding high right now, and according to McQuilkin, Republicans may have to focus on other issues besides gay marriage to get more support.

"The polls are showing it's getting increasing popularity. There are many others out there that I think that they would find, that they might be resonate with the American voter, than this one." Dr. David K. McQuilkin

On the legal side, a big question right now is who will appeal this ruling in Virginia.

That usually falls on the attorney general, but he's been clear he will not defend the state ban.

Next in line would likely be the clerk of the court in Norfolk; however, it's unknown if he plans to file an appeal at this point.


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