Virginia Could Now Be for All Lovers

By: Carly Stephenson Email
By: Carly Stephenson Email

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HARRISONBURG,Va. (WHSV)-- According to Chaz Evans-Haywood, the clerk of court for Harrisonburg and Rockingham County, the court will issues licenses if they are directed to legally do so from the office of executive secretary.

With a local same sex couple, part of a class action lawsuit they filed in U.S. district court.

Jessica Duff and Joanne Harris say they are so happy to be Virginians today. The ruling means couples could get married starting on Aug. 20. But, that's only if there is no intervention from the U.S. Supreme Court.

The original request to wait on the decision, as it's appealed to the Supreme Court, was made by a county court clerk in Northern Virginia.
Last month the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond ruled the gay marriage ban in Virginia is unconstitutional.

While same sex couples are happy, they may have a chance at marriage next week..

"Pure joy, we're very excited and we are just really looking forward to talking with our family and friends about you know planning an upcoming wedding that we have been looking forward to, quite literally, years," said Joanne Harris, who filed the class action lawsuit.

Others say the ruling is in vain.

director dean welty, valley family forum
"Marriage is only between one man and one woman, it's the law of nature, we need that to bear and raise our children for the perpetuation of the human race," said Dean Welty, Director of the Valley Family Forum.

Welty also adds that the appeals court's decision to do away with the ban is an affront to the general assembly, and the 2006 ban on gay marriage.


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