Some Virginians planned to attend weddings today, but the U.S. Supreme Court stepped in – issuing a stay of the lower court order that would have allowed gay and lesbian couples to marry.
Clerks of Court like Charlottesville’s Llizelle Dugger were standing by to issue marriage licenses to same sex couples, but late Wednesday the Supreme Court issued a stay of the lower court ruling allowing them to wed. Dugger says it’s not clear when the high court will hear arguments:
Disappointment for some and relief for others, as the Supreme Court’s Chief Justice John Roberts sent word to the state of Virginia, which was preparing to issue marriage licenses to gay and lesbian couples.
Wednesday afternoon, the court granted a request from a county clerk in northern Virginia to block same-sex marriages across the state while the issue is being appealed to the Supreme Court. The court provided no explanation for its order.
Former Governor McDonnell took the stand in his own defense in a surprising turn of events Wednesday afternoon during the former first couple’s federal corruption trial.
Some legal experts wonder whether it was ill-advised for him to testify right now—while others say it's a wise tactic.
McDonnell was confident and seemingly unnerved in day one of his testimony—but not before two long-time friends took the stand to vouch for his character. The former governor said he was eager to tell his side of the story:
Day 16 of the federal corruption trial of former Governor Bob McDonnell and his wife opened with Judge James Spencer thanking the jurors for being there—and saying that he had prayed for each of them last night.
That was a subtle reference to the loss of three jurors since the proceedings began.
The defense continued with its witnesses and meticulously focused on McDonnell’s sister and real estate business partner—who, like his wife, is also named “Maureen.”