ACLU of Virginia Reacts to U.S. Supreme Court's Stay of the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals Ruling on Marriage Equality

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RICHMOND, Va., Aug. 20 -- The American Civil Liberties Union of Virginia issued the following news release:

American Civil Liberties Union of Virginia Executive Director, Claire Guthrie Gastanaga, issued a statement today in response to the U.S. Supreme Court decision to stay the recent Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals ( ruling in Schaefer v. Bostic striking down Virginia's discriminatory marriage ban.

"We are disappointed that the 14,000 couples we represent in Virginia will have to continue to wait to exercise their fundamental right to marry, or to have their marriages recognized in Virginia. Until the Supreme Court rules on marriage equality, many gay and lesbian Virginians will live without legal recognition of their relationships with their children, access to their spouse's health insurance benefits, the ability to make medical decisions for their spouse, and countless other rights that other married couples take for granted. We hope that the Supreme Court will decide this case as quickly as possible so that families will not have to wait any longer than necessary to exercise these rights."

For answers to some of the frequently asked questions regarding the case, click here (

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