Actions in three separate states today in both the courts and by politicians in the wake of Monday’s Supreme Court decision to decline review of the pending same-sex marriage cases before it and Wednesday’s decision by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals have added three more states to those that recognize same-sex marriage.
First, officials in West Virginia announced that they would not fight efforts to have the ruling of the Fourth Circuit on same-sex marriage applied to West Virginia’s law:
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey says his office will no longer fight a court challenge to West Virginia’s ban on same-sex marriages.
Morrisey issued a statement Thursday that his office “will respect” the recent U.S. Supreme Court declining to review a lower-court ruling in July striking down Virginia’s ban on same-sex marriages. But Morrisey says he still doesn’t agree with the high court’s stance.
U.S. District Judge Robert Chambers in Huntington had previously put West Virginia’s case on hold. On Tuesday, Chamber ordered the state and clerks in Kanawha and Cabell counties to respond to a motion by plaintiffs by Oct. 21.
In North Carolina, a Federal Judge struck down that state’s same-sex marriage ban based largely on the Fourth Circuit’s ruling: