How To Get Gay-Married in Virginia Next THURSDAY* 8/21
Same-sex marriage has been stayed in Virginia – we will now have to wait until the Supreme court rules, expected within the next year.
Editors Note: The law aint easy folks, and the same goes for the fight for marriage equality. The folks over at People for Faith and Equality in Virginia have heard back from the Fourth Circuit of Appeals and marriages will begin 8 AM THURSDAY MORNING 8/21. See a copy of the letter below:
This is the day after the originally reported date of the 8/20. The story below has been updated to reflect the change.
Yesterday’s denial of a stay on the motion striking VA’s ban on same-sex marriage and the looming eventuality of allowing these marriages to occur Thursday, 8/21, came as kind of a surprise to many folks (particularly us here at GayRVA.)
AG Herring had supported a stay, most courts around the country have issued stays, and even the Supreme Court issued a stay in the 10th Circuit ruling. So it’s probably safe to safe we’ll have some sort of halt on same-sex marriages in the near future – BUT, we might still get a day or two of legal marriage before a stay is issued.
Ed Jewett is the Clerk of The Richmond Court and is responsible for issuing marriage license:
“We’re going to attempt to be as accommodating as possible,” Jewett clarified.
Jewett plans to have more than the usual two employees on site to help with the expected surge in license applications.
As for rules and regulations for successfully getting a marriage licenses, please follow the list below:
Marriage license should be issued from ANY Virginia court house.
No cell phones, pagers, etc.
Cost is $30 cash – no card or check
Certified copy of license is $2.50
Both parties must be present
Previously married folks need an end date of their last marriage
Bring a valid picture ID
Bring your Social security number
Bring the full names of both parents, including mother’s maiden names
No blood test, physical or waiting period is required, you’ll walk out with your license
If you’re under 18, you’ll need parents present
If you’re 21 or under, you’ll need a proper ID with picture and birthdate
Additional Questions? Call the circuit court’s Marriage office at 804 – 646-6506
If you’re looking for spiritual guidance or a reference for a supportive person of faith to help lead your wedding, Rev. Dr. Robin Gorsline is available at firstname.lastname@example.org
GayRVA will be following up and announcing any more info as it comes in, so stay tuned.
Despite the Supreme Court’s ruling on same-sex marriage last summer, many states still have language on the books which bans the practice and Virginia is on that list. The high court’s ruling supersedes state laws on the issue, however the words remain. Ahead of the 2017 General Assembly (GA) session, bills have been submitted to [...]July 19, 2016
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