Marriage and Relationships

Same Sex Couples Must Wait to Marry in VA

Aug 20, 2014

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.

If you think back to middle school, chances are you remember some of the cool kids - those who looked older, dated sooner, drank, and got into trouble.  They were the popular students, but a new study from the University of Virginia provides an important lesson for everyone else - the popular kids rarely stay that way. 

“They’re teen royalty!”

It’s been ten years since the movie Mean Girls showed just how hard adolescence can be - with the cool kids lording it over their classmates.  

Virginia and three other states may soon be allowing gay marriage after a federal appeals court ruling in Richmond, but supporters of a ban are expected to ask for a Supreme Court hearing.


The Fourth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals says Virginia’s ban on same sex marriage denies gay couples equal protection under the law.  The decision also makes similar prohibitions in North Carolina, South Carolina and West Virginia unconstitutional, but at Equality Virginia, director James Parrish says those states probably won’t be issuing marriage licenses yet.

It’s the next chapter in the same sex marriage debate….and it’s set in Richmond.
A three-judge panel with the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals whas heard oral arguments in the case of Bostic vs. Shaefer….better known as the challenge on Virginia’s ban on gay marriage.

It could take weeks, even months, for a ruling in the case. 

Both sides have indicated they'll head next to the U.S. Supreme Court.

 While Virginia's same-sex marriage ban is being challenged, supporters of overturning the ban are optimistic that eventually, gay and lesbian couples will have the freedoms that other married couples do. But in the meantime, some are calling on the governor, attorney general, and lawmakers to make life easier for those who were married outside of Virginia—and it's as simple as changing the state tax code. Equality Virginia is urging Governor McAuliffe and Attorney General Mark Herring to take steps to allow married lesbian and gay couples to file their state tax returns based on their fede