A panel of judges in the 4th Circuit just struck down Virginia’s same sex marriage ban!
So can gays get married in Virginia? WELL… not really. Two out of three old dudes upheld the striking down of the amendment defining marriage as exclusively between one man and one woman.
So we can get married in the state that once held the capital of the Confederacy? And the state where Loving v. Virginia was originally decided?! And freedom and justice for all!?! Nope.
This was the 29th consecutive ruling for us gays in the last year. WOW. But you still can’t get married because the defendants (some county clerks who did not want to perform gay marriage because they are secretly fire breathing dragons who hate happiness) have 21 days to file a stay that STOPS the ruling from taking effect. And you better believe those gay-hating jerks will be filing a stay. They LOVE stays. They hashtag all their tweets with #Stays4Days. The 10th Circuit decision that found marriage bans in Utah and Oklahoma were unconstitutional? That was also put on MEGA hold.
Ok, so I can’t get married in Virginia? Well, good news bad news time. The bad news is that you can’t get married in Virginia. The good news? Check out the awesome language from the decision that signals a huge shift in the tides of public opinion on the issue of marriage equality:
“We recognize that same-sex marriage makes some people deeply uncomfortable. However, inertia and apprehension are not legitimate basis for denying same-sex couples due process and equal protection of the laws.” A JUDGE SAID THIS. A JUDGE ACTUALLY SAID THIS! Yay! Another plus? This 4th Circuit decision could have major ramifications for the other states in this Federal Circuit, mainly North Carolina, South Carolina, and West Virginia, states that have marriage bans that look suspiciously like the one that was just struck down in Virginia. Gives a whole new meaning to the South will rise again! Doesn’t it? And WATCH OUT, Ohio, because the 6th Circuit (where we are) is making a decision concerning whether the state of Ohio will have to recognize same sex marriages performed in another state. They are making that decision August 6th! In Cincinnati! Click here for more information about rallies on the 5th showing the 6th Circuit that we queers mean business.
So you can’t get married in Virginia. Whatevs. If the decision isn’t stayed, then you can get married in Virginia, but most likely it will be stayed. In the meantime, you should put down a deposit on that winery in West Virginia. Because this shit is going to happen. Really. Soon. SHIT. I should go on my wedding diet now.
Brooke Cartus does not endorse whatever is happening on the Virginia Flag. whatever two dudes do with their feet is totally up to them.