Same-sex marriage delay costs Va. couple dearly

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RICHMOND, Va. -- The Supreme Court on Wednesday granted a motion requested by the Clerk of Prince William County to keep same-sex marriages from happening in Virginia until the higher court reviews the case.

Virginia officials were going to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples beginning Thursday, August 21. This is not the first time the Supreme Court  has placed a lower court ruling on hold.

“It is disappointing that the Supreme Court stayed the 4th Circuit Court’s decision,” said James Parrish, executive director of Equality Virginia.“Lesbian and gay Virginians have waited long enough for the freedom to marry."

"Every day that this ruling is stayed, more lesbian and gay Virginians will suffer undue harm as they wait to insure their spouses, wait to adopt the children they are raising, and wait to have their relationships affirmed by the Commonwealth," Parrish added.

Lawyers defending the Prince William Clerk Michelle B. McQuigg believe said they believe the Supreme Court acted wisely in restraining the lower court from implementing a ruling of this magnitude before the high court has a chance to decide the issue.

“Virginians deserve an orderly and fair resolution to the question of whether they will remain free to preserve marriage as the union of a man and a woman in their laws," said Alliance Defending Freedom Senior Counsel, Byron Babione. "By granting our request to place a hold on the 4th Circuit’s decision, the Supreme Court is making clear, as it already did in the Utah marriage case, that it believes a dignified process is better than disorder."

Impact of the Stay

Chief Justice John Roberts Jr. handles emergency requests from the 4th Circuit, which covers South Carolina, North Carolina, West Virginia, Virginia and Maryland -- the only state that currently allows same-sex marriage.

CBS 6 talked to Suzanne Weaver and Melissa Powell Wednesday night. The two married in D.C. back in 2011, but are now pushing for same-sex marriage in Virginia. However, their reason is different from many others.

Melissa was diagnosed with breast cancer last year but because her wife works for the State, Melissa said she can't be placed on her insurance.

"That limited my access to resources and it also increased tremendous deductibles," she said.

Still, the two said they are still staying hopeful.

"If you read the Constitution, it's very clear," said Weaver. "I don't see any way that it could go another way but we're cautiously optimistic and we're just trying to be patient."

Bishop Gerald Glenn of New Deliverance Evangelistic Church said he was relieved by Wednesday's ruling.

"It's from a bible basis, I'm a Christian minister and I believe one man and one woman for one lifetime in marriage," said Glenn.

As a Christian minister, he said he could never conduct a same-sex marriage.

What's Next

The Supreme Court meets in September to begin considering cases. The high court in coming weeks or months will announce whether it will have the final word, and accept pending petitions from one or more various states, including Virginia, to review their bans on same-sex marriage.

A binding ruling from the justices on the constitutional issues would be one of the most contentious and closely watched from the Supreme Court in recent years, and could apply to all 31 current states that forbid same-sex marriage.

USA Today reports that if the court declines to hear the Virginia appeal, the stay would be lifted and immediately couples could be married, and already married couples' marriages recognized.

Wednesday's decision came later than most expected, so circuit courts around Virginia were preparing for an onslaught of marriage license applications.  Richmond Circuit Court Clerk Edward Jewett said they had planned for extra staffing  if the stay had not been issued.

Same-sex marriage is legal in 19 U.S states plus the District of Columbia: California, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, and Washington state.


  • Becky

    Oh, NO! Media has been “advertising” for a week; setting up, staging, producing and planning the weddings for its all out, full scale, political production numbers.

  • trey

    knew it,more time and money spent on this.make up your mind already.seems somebody just wants to keep this in the much money has been spent on this now?

  • Belsma

    Not sure what the big deal is that two people that love each other have a civil union. Nobody is going to “prevent” people from being in love no matter who they are by protesting this.

  • Paula

    Belsma nobody is trying to stop people from loving eachother but we don’t want to see Virginia turn into a state that forget family value and the real meaning of what is a family.

    • SMH

      Your argument is the stupidest I’ve heard. What do you define as “Family”? Just because someone is related to you don’t mean they love you nor have your best interest in mind!

      • Marcus

        exactly Kim! The religious have gotten completely out of hand on an issue that in no way personally affects them. The Lord shall enlighten them that love is love no matter who love’s who.

    • Belsma

      Well then we should ban divorce and ban the loss of a parent while they are still raising kids…I mean how does this affect your daily life at the end of the day? Are you losing sleep over it?

    • Sherry

      Family value?????? Lol look at the divorce rate thus far?? That same “Value” you stand behind was the same one that allowed slavery, the same one that surpressed women for ages, the same that tried stopping inter-racial marriage……get over yourselves, we have the same rights as you, we Will win!!!! Your ignorance is is your worst enemy, get educated, learn about things like, “the separation between state and church”…….ha, change is coming, you don’t like it, try a 3rd world country, they would gladly take you in I’m sure….peace LOVE IS LOVE #equality

  • Sammy

    Keep pushing this chit if you want?!?!?! Next Poly marriage, then marry your dog or horse keep it up and you can marry your mother?!?!?!!?

    • The truth

      Ya Sammy I was thinking the same thing…….. Liberals wanting to destroy and tear down America…. screw them….

    • Joey B

      After all is said. The Constitution of the USA is all about nothing but entitlements. So is that a bad thing?

      • Sammy

        Look up yes the sky is blue. No the constitution does not scream entitlements. It screams leave if you don’t like it!!

  • SMH

    Your argument is the stupidest I’ve heard. What do you define as “Family”? Just because someone is related to you don’t mean they love you nor have your best interest in mind!

  • SMH

    Paula VA exhibits perfect definition of “family” where you have ex-governor throwing his wife under the bus to save his scheming behind.

  • HappyGoLucky

    “Family” should be defined as a unit of people who have formed a bond together and intend to keep that bond sacred. It should not matter the gender of the unit. Each religion defines marriage in its own way; who is to say which way is the “right” definition? Just because you disagree with the definition of “marriage” as stated in one person’s religion does not mean you are right and they are wrong. Just that you disagree. And because you disagree, that should not prevent another from benefiting from that which you may already enjoy, simply because you happen to be in the majority. Love is love—no matter who it be with.

  • Smarty Pants

    If you call yourself a Christian or believe in the bible , it clearly says that homosexuality is an abomination. It does not seek favor from the Lord. It is disgusting and wrong…. a man letting another man bend him over as well as a women letting another woman lick her….ew! It is a spirit on people and is not of God. But at the end of the day when everyone has to stand before the lord… those ( homosexuals as well as straight ) who have not lived their lives righteously will have to answer to everything alone! Also allowing this nonsense makes it harder for those who are teaching their children biblical principles … they will have to explain to their children why Adam and Steve are kissing although the bible says it is wrong. Point blank… a marriage is sanction as a union between a man and woman…. so who is above the Lord that has the right to say otherwise??? NO ONE!

    • joy

      you are spot on smarty pants. Marcus, 9 out 10 men find that hot? its not about what you find hot or what feels good to you. its about the will of God. We must not succumb to the flesh. its not about whats ok in our eyes. we must submit our ways to the Lord. His ways are not our way, nor his thoughts our thoughts. But like smarty pants said we all will have to stand before the throne and take accountability for how we choose to live our lives. So, I will not judge but I will stand firm to my beliefs and I will not encourage wrong or support it.

      • Marcus

        I love you Joy. You seem well versed so can you help me out? Lev 21:20 states that I may not approach the altar of God if I have a defect in my sight. I have to admit that I wear reading glasses. Does my vision have to be 20/20, or is there some wiggle room here? Thanks in advance. God bless.

      • Belsma

        We must not succumb to the flesh???? The human race would stop if we did not. What do you succumb to? Toys from Pricilla’s where fun and fantasy meet? I have no problem with that either, but are you not human?

    • Belsma

      What about incest? Do you think that is okay? There are clearly two examples of it in the bible which was written by man of incest. Do you teach your children that knocking boots with their siblings and cousins is okay? I mean let’s lay it all out there..

      • Marcus

        How can those that are deeply religious keep their “perverted sickness” to themselves? I would agree that the deeply religious are misguided but I wouldn’t consider them afflicted with a “perverted sickness”.

      • B Addy

        Lol!!! Religion?? Religion has nothing to do with it. It’s sick sh_t no matter if you believe in god or not.

  • mike

    The woman shall not wear that which pertaineth unto a man, neither shall a man put on a woman’s garment: for all that do so are abomination unto the Lord thy God – Deuteronomy 22:5

  • Kim

    Marriages have been taking place LONG before Christianity existed. They aren’t trying to hijack your churches to get hitched. Unless you are one of the two parties trying to get married, it’s really none of your concern. Personally I’m sick of religious hypocritical zealots trying to push their beliefs on everyone else.

    • peace

      This has nothing to do with Christianity or religion but about God who was here before all. He is the beginning and the end. So marriage did not exist before God, nothing did.

    • Belsma

      There was once “arranged” marriage among “christians”. Still happens in other parts of the world. IMO the ideology of the bible which was written by man is a farce. People pick and choose what they want from it. That’s why I call them “cafeteria christians”.

  • Paula

    Belsma you should be losing sleep over it because anything that is affecting our kids future yes we should lose sleep. Maybe it dont bother you. As for you SMH if I got to explain to you what the meaning of family then that only mean one thing. That you was raise by a pack of wolves.

    • Richard M

      Maybe you should explain to those of us who fail to see how Keith an Dan up the street getting married affects our children’s future. The only things I worry about for my kids are; getting a quality education without going into debt, finding fulfilling jobs with benefits, and growing up to be well rounded citizens who can think for themselves. Using children as a shield to hide your own prejudice is tacky.

    • Belsma

      What grade did I drop out? Haha. Check your first sentence before you accuse someone of not being educated. I dropped out of college to take care of my mother when she got sick. She happened to graduate from Northwestern University in Chicago and my father graduated from Penn State and got his masters from Boston College. I did not come from stupid “stock”. I simply just don’t understand why people are so mean and why they are against love. That’s what I want explained to me. Throw the bible out the window, have a mind of your own and tell me..why does this affect your life in such a negative way?

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