Same-Sex Couples Begin to Marry in Virginia

On October 6, The Supreme Court made a decision that cleared the way for same-sex marriage in Virginia. That same afternoon same-sex couples were lined up eagerly waiting for the chance to finally marry their significant others, reports The Richmond Times-Dispatch.

An issue mandated by the the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals issued at 1:00 p.m. stated that marriage licenses could be obtained and unions could be officiated.

Shortly after the mandate was lifted Nicole Pries, 42 and Lindsey Oliver, 30 were the first couple in Richmond to be issued a license and then married outside of the John Marshall Courts Building.

Governor McAuliffe and Attorney General Mark Herring called the change “momentous”, after the Supreme Court decided that it would not hear cases from the 10th, 7th and 4th circuits that aimed to continue bans on same-sex marriage.

The ruling also affected Indiana Oklahoma, Utah and Wisconsin and is likely to expand same-sex marriage to Colorado, Wyoming, Kansas, West Virginia, North Carolina and South Carolina as well.

Governor McAuliffe commented saying “Virginia is already well-prepared to implement this historic decision. Going forward we will act quickly to continue to bring all of our policies and practices into compliance so that we can give marriages between same-sex partners the full faith and credit they deserve.”

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