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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Supreme Court Grants Stay of Same-Sex Marriage in Virginia

Posted by on Wed, Aug 20, 2014 at 12:35 PM

The state of Virginia was preparing for gay marriage, which was going to become legal statewide tomorrow due to a court decision. But the Supreme Court just stepped in:

This is terrible news for gay couples in Virginia. Ruth Bader Ginsburg has promised that the Supreme Court won't "duck" the next gay marriage challenge brought to them, but that's cold comfort for the Virginians who hoped they could get married tomorrow.


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Virginia has never lived up to its claim to be for lovers.
Posted by uncreative on August 20, 2014 at 1:06 PM · Report this
MacCrocodile 2
@1 - Maybe it was supposed to be "Virginia is for Lovings". The slogan came about two years after Loving v. Virginia, when Virginia became, by court order, a place for the Loving family.
Posted by MacCrocodile on August 20, 2014 at 2:48 PM · Report this
Will in Seattle 3
Come to Seattle and get married!

You can even announce it at a Mariners or Sounders game!

Seattle is for Spouses!
Posted by Will in Seattle on August 20, 2014 at 3:11 PM · Report this
Sir Vic 4
The discussion should be "Why is SCOTUS taking this gay marriage case?"
This is the Chief Justice issuing the stay and asking for the petition. Does he want a gay marriage case to put this state-by-state stuff to rest finally? Is this a good case for one side or the other?
It seems that the Supremes have been avoiding this issue for a while, either because they thought the lower courts were handling it well or they were waiting for the right case. They really don't like to decide on the same issue twice, so the particulars of this case could be extremely important for marriage equality everywhere.
Posted by Sir Vic on August 20, 2014 at 5:02 PM · Report this
@4 Good question Sir Vic. IDK first I've heard of it.
Posted by Machiavelli was framed on August 20, 2014 at 9:54 PM · Report this
Dr. Z 6
@4: because the Kitchen case from Utah and the Bostic case from Virginia are the first appelate cases to arrive at SCOTUS. The SCOTUS didn't grant cert, they just stayed the case until the decided to grant cert. Big difference. Personally I think they will grant cert to both and consolidate Kitchen and Bostic.
Posted by Dr. Z on August 21, 2014 at 6:39 AM · Report this
Dr. Z 7
@4: and it wasn't Roberts acting alone here. He referred it to the entire SCOTUS for a decision. This pretty clearly signals they're going to grant cert to at least one of either Kitchen or Bostic in the 2014-2015 term. We should have a decision on national ME handed down in late June 2015.
Posted by Dr. Z on August 21, 2014 at 6:42 AM · Report this
Sandiai 8
@Dr.Z. Thanks, man, for the info.
Posted by Sandiai on August 21, 2014 at 8:59 AM · Report this

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