Appeals court denies stay on marriage equality ruling in Virginia, marriages could start next week

A federal appeals court that struck down Virginia's ban on marriag equality has refused to issue a stay on that ruling. This means that unless the US Supreme Court issues a stay, same-sex couples could start marrying as early as next week.

BuzzFeed reports:

Although Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring has fought the ban, his office supported the request of a county clerk who is defending the ban that the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals stay its ruling pending Supreme Court review.

Any party could now seek a stay from the Supreme Court itself, an application that would be made first to Chief Justice John Roberts, who considers such applications from within the 4th Circuit. Roberts could decide the matter himself or refer it to the whole court.

We'll have more as this story develops.