As of 1:00 pm today, same-gender couples can be married in Virginia. The U.S. Supreme Court rejected appeals seeking to keep bans on same-sex unions in place. The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals will be issuing a mandate today allowing Virginia and four other states to issue marriage certificates. With North Carolina, South Carolina, West Virginia, Colorado, Kansas, and Wyoming, Virginia brings the total to 30 states and D.C. that legally recognize same-gender marriage.
Governor Terry McAuliffe released a supportive statement indicating Virginia would act quickly to bring the Commonwealth’s policies and procedures into compliance. "Equality for all men and women regardless of their race, color, creed or sexual orientation is intrinsic to the values that make us Virginians, and now it is officially inscribed in our laws as well."