Same-Sex Marriage in Virginia Blocked By U.S. Supreme Court
Lynchburg, VA — A ruling from the Supreme Court came down Wednesday afternoon, putting a hold on same-sex marriage in Virginia, just hours ahead of the expected start of same-sex marriage license applications.It's an issue that garners passionate debate from both sides of the argument in Lynchburg and Roanoke.The request to block same-sex unions came from a county clerk in Northern Virginia, who petitioned the court to block the start of marriages, pending a review from the US Supreme Court. In Lynchburg, electronic registration forms for marriage licenses are ready to updated to accommodate 2 Spouses, not just a Bride and a Groom.Richard Mast, a litigation attorney with Liberty Counsel, told ABC 13 earlier this year he believes the ban is constitutional. Many people who agree with Mast say marriage should be between a man and a woman. But the debate is far from over.
Rev. Paul Boothby of First Unitarian Church of Lynchburg says he would have been happy to marry couples starting tomorrow. Now, he says both sides need to discuss the issue, together, saying "I ask them to pray about it, I'm happy to talk about it with folks, to help them understand from seeing their perspective on it, and seeing our perspective on it, how it is we see this so differently."