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Court Won't Delay Same-Sex Marriage Decision In Virginia

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Unless the Supreme Court intervenes, same-sex couples in Virginia will be able to legally marry by next week.
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Unless the Supreme Court intervenes, same-sex couples in Virginia will be able to legally marry by next week.

A federal appeals court today refused to delay a ruling striking down Virginia's ban on same-sex marriage, paving the way for same-sex couples to legally wed as soon as next week.

A panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond denied a request from a county court clerk in Northern Virginia to stay the July 28 decision while it is appealed to the Supreme Court.

Should the Supreme Court not intervene, same-sex couples could start marrying next Wednesday, and out-of-state couples who married in states where same-sex marriage is legal could have their unions recognized.

Virginia has banned same-sex marriage since 2006, but earlier this year Attorney General Mark Herring announced that he would not defend the ban in court.

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