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Roberts sets Monday deadline for response in Va. marriage stay request

Friday, August 15, 2014
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U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts

U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts

WASHINGTON — U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts has set deadline of Monday at 5 p.m. EDT for attorneys representing two same-sex couples to respond to a request to stay a federal appeals court ruling striking down Virginia’s same-sex marriage ban.

Attorneys representing a county clerk in northern Virginia on Thursday asked the U.S. Supreme Court to stay the decision by the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond.

The request came after the federal appeals court on Wednesday refused to delay the ruling issued in late July while it’s appealed to the high court.

Should Roberts reject the stay demand, same-sex marriage would become legal in Virginia on Thursday, Aug. 21, at 8:00 a.m. EDT.

The Court has twice granted delays in similar cases.

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