RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- Virginia's attorney general has lost his bid to delay a lower court ruling that struck down the state's anti-sodomy law while the U.S. Supreme Court considers whether to hear his appeal.
Chief Justice John Roberts on Friday denied the request for a stay from Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli.
In March, ,a divided three-judge panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond declared Virginia's law against oral and anal sex unconstitutional.
Cuccinelli appealed the ruling in June, and later asked the justices to issue the stay.
His request was opposed by attorneys for a man who was convicted under Virginia's so-called crimes against nature law.