Task Force Disappointed with U.S. Supreme Court’s Decision to Grant Stay on Virginia Marriage Equality Case

WASHINGTON, DC, Aug. 21, 2014 —The United States Supreme Court announced yesterday that it would grant a stay on the lower federal Circuit Court’s decision that struck down a Virginia state law banning same-sex marriages.

“This is an unwelcome setback for marriage equality in Virginia. While we expected this outcome, it is deeply frustrating that justice is further delayed for loving same-sex couples, who deserve the same basic rights, protections, and responsibilities as different sex couples in a loving and committed relationship who choose the option of marriage. While Virginia marriage rights have been delayed, we are confident that in the not too distant future they will not be denied and that we are edging closer to a day when all same-sex couples across our nation will be able to get married if they choose. ”

Rea Carey, Executive Director, National Gay and Lesbian Task Force


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