The United States Supreme Court granted an emergency request to stay the mandate of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit’s decision that found Virginia’s marriage ban unconstitutional, yesterday. Marriages for gay and lesbian couples were set to begin at A.M. today. The Supreme Court’s stay prevents marriages from taking place pending further appeal. The Supreme Court has been asked by the Commonwealth of Virginia to consider the Bostic case in its next term to decide the question of marriage equality. The state filed its petition for writ of certiorari, or request for review on Friday, August 8, 2014. In light of the stay, lawyers for the Bostic plaintiffs intend to file a response in support of the Commonwealth’s petition to urge the Supreme Court to review the Bostic case and resolve the incredibly important question it presents.
“Never before have federal courts across this country so swiftly, convincingly, and unanimously come to the same conclusion on an imperative constitutional question as they have when presented with the issue of marriage equality,” said Plaintiffs’ lead co-counsel David Boies of Boies, Schiller & Flexner, LLP. “The federal court system agrees, the majority of Americans agree, and the President of the United States agrees that it is time this country treats its same-sex couples and their children just the same as all other loving families. We are confident that when the Supreme Court reviews the Bostic case, it too will agree and end the flagrant injustice of segregating Americans based on sexual orientation.” [AFER]