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Same-Sex Marriage Comes to Virginia and Neighboring States

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Tuesday, October 7, 2014   

RICHMOND, Va. - Legally recognized same-sex marriages are underway now in Virginia, and could come to neighboring states within a matter of days.

The U.S. Supreme Court said Monday it would not review appeals court rulings regarding same-sex marriage bans. The decision means that all of those rulings stand in the states in their jurisdiction, including Virginia.

Ladelle McWhorter, vice-chair of the state governing board of Virginia Organizing, says they are pleased to see progress on what they regard as a simple matter of fairness.

"We're just delighted that it has happened today," she says. "We want to celebrate with all our friends who will now be able to marry."

Some in the legal community say there's still a chance the U.S. Supreme Court will have to weigh in on the issue if federal courts disagree, but for now many same-sex couples stand to have their marriages recognized.

The high court's decision clears the way for court action in North Carolina and several other neighboring states. North Carolina attorney Annika Brock married her partner of nine years last year in Vermont, and says Monday's announcement is welcome news for her.

"I can't wait for the first couple to apply for a marriage license in North Carolina," says Brock. "But for us, it's a matter of the state recognizing our marriage."


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