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Same-sex marriages begin in VA, ban in WV could soon fall

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  • Gay Marriage Legal in WV?

    Gay Marriage Legal in WV?

    Beckley (WVVA) The surprise decision by the U.S. Supreme Court not to take up the issue of same-sex marriage. What are the ramifications for West Virginia? That's the question on the minds of many right now after justices announced they would not hear an appeal and would not rule on a similar ban in Virginia. On Tuesday, WVVA caught up with lawyer Gerald Hayden to break down what this could mean for West Virginia."Both sides were looking for the U.S. Supreme Court to give them a decision. The...More >>
    Beckley (WVVA) The surprise decision by the U.S. Supreme Court not to take up the issue of same-sex marriage. What are the ramifications for West Virginia? That's the question on the minds of many right now after justices announced they would not hear an appeal and would not rule on a similar ban in Virginia. On Tuesday, WVVA caught up with lawyer Gerald Hayden to break down what this could mean for West Virginia."Both sides were looking for the U.S. Supreme Court to give them a decision. The...More >>
By LARRY O'DELL and MICHAEL BIESECKER
Associated Press

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Gay and lesbian couples are getting legally married in the South for the first time, crossing a threshold into a conservative region that long stood united against same-sex marriage.

STATE-BY-STATE LOOK AT GAY MARRIAGE BANS

The U.S. Supreme Court's decision Monday to turn away appeals from a handful of states including Virginia means marriage bans are unconstitutional throughout the 4th U.S. Circuit. And that means similar bans in West Virginia and North and South Carolina should fall as soon as judges in each state follow through on the appellate court's orders.

Carol Schall and Mary Townley of Chesterfield County challenged Virginia's ban, wanting their California marriage to be recognized in the state where they are raising a 16-year-old daughter.

VIRGINIA COUPLE TAKES THE PLUNGE AFTER GAY MARRIAGE ALLOWED

But as with other civil rights battles, plenty of southern conservatives seem determined to fight to the bitter end.

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