No License Requests Yet At Lynchburg Courts After Same-Sex Marriage Delay Denied
Lynchburg, VA - The debate about whether Virginia same-sex couples can legally marry has taken another turn in favor of those couples.
A federal appeals court says it will not delay its ruling striking down Virginia's same sex marriage ban. A panel of the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled on the issue on Wednesday denying a request by a northern Virginia court clerk to stay the decision while it is appealed to the Supreme Court, meaning same-sex couples could begin marrying and have their out-of-state marriages recognized by next Wednesday.
Last month, the court ruled Virginia's gay marriage ban approved by voters in 2006 is unconstitutional. ABC 13 spoke with Lynchburg Circuit Court Clerk Eugene Wingfield about what this all means for issuing marriage licenses.
"We'll just have to see what happens next Wednesday should that occur," said Wingfield. "If folks come in and we're notified by the state that we're authorized to start doing that, then we'll do that as I stated, we're mandated by."
As for requests for marriage licenses, Wingfield says that number is zero, so far.