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US federal judge stalls on West Virginia gay marriage case

US federal judge stalls on West Virginia gay marriage case

A US judge in West Virginia is waiting on the Supreme Court before going on with the gay marriage lawsuit on his docket.

According to WOUB.org, District Judge Robert Chambers points to an ‘overlap of issues’ with the marriage equality case in neighboring Virginia as the reason for delay.

Late last month, the Supreme Court put a hold on the 4th US Circuit Court of Appeals ruling that Virginia’s marriage equality ban is unconstitutional.

At the end of this month, the justices of the country’s highest court will decide if to review the cases from Virginia, Utah, Oklahoma, Wisconsin, and Indiana.

The justices can reexamine all the cases, only one, delay consideration of any cases, or refuse to consider all of them.

The Supreme Court’s session starts in October.

The West Virginia lawsuit
was brought by three couples in 2013 October. The suit, filed by Lambda Legal, argues the state’s marriage ban unfairly discriminates against same-sex couples and their children.

The couples in the legal action are Casie McGee and Sarah Adkins, Justin Murdock and Will Glavaris, and Nancy Michael and Jane Fenton and their son Drew (pictured).

Michael, a life-long West Virginian, said the following last year: ‘Jane and I have been together for 16 years. We live and work together, and we are raising our son, Drew, together. We have done everything we can to protect and take responsibility for our family but we worry all the time that it isn’t enough. We need the protection that marriage affords.’