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Virginia prepares for possibility of gay marriage

As Virginia’s same-sex marriage ban moves ahead in the court system, state officials are drafting a revised marriage license form in the possibility that gay marriages could soon be legal.  (Justin Sullivan, Getty Images)
As Virginia’s same-sex marriage ban moves ahead in the court system, state officials are drafting a revised marriage license form in the possibility that gay marriages could soon be legal. (Justin Sullivan, Getty Images)
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Updated: 8/20 8:22 am

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — Virginia officials are preparing for the possibility that gay marriages could soon be legal in Virginia.

The State Registrar of Vital Records is drafting a revised marriage license form that will be used if the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals' order ending Virginia's same-sex marriage ban goes into effect Thursday morning.

Attorneys representing a county clerk in Virginia have asked the U.S. Supreme Court to stay the appeals court's decision while it is appealed. Virginia is also supporting a delay to minimize disruptions while the issue is resolved. The Supreme Court has twice granted delays in related cases.

Meanwhile, clergy supportive of gay marriage are making plans to be at courthouses throughout the state Thursday morning to perform marriages for same-sex couples.

 

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