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4th Circuit to issue mandate Monday, allowing same-sex marriages in Virginia



RICHMOND, Va. — The Richmond-based federal appeals court says its ruling authorizing same-sex marriages in Virginia will take effect Monday afternoon.

According to the clerk’s office, the mandate will be issued at 1 p.m. Court clerks will be able to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples after that time.

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The U.S. Supreme Court cleared the way for an immediate expansion of same-sex marriage by unexpectedly turning away appeals from Virginia and four other states seeking to prohibit gay and lesbian unions.

The court’s order effectively makes same-sex marriage legal now in 30 states once the appeals courts lift their stays.

Without comment, the justices brought to an end delays in same-sex marriages in five states- Indiana, Oklahoma, Utah and Wisconsin as well as Virginia.

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