The next development in this week’s marriage equality wave: West Virginia officials have announced they are ready to enforce marriage equality.
West Virginia lies under the Fourth Circuit, which previously ruled that same-sex marriage bans were unconstitutional. When the Supreme Court refused to review that ruling, West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey announced that the state would no longer defend the ban.
“As the attorney general stated today, recent rulings by several federal courts, combined with the refusal of the U.S. Supreme Court to hear this issue, make it clear that laws banning same-sex marriage have been declared unconstitutional,” Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin said. “I do not plan to take any actions that would seek to overturn the courts’ decisions. West Virginia will uphold the law according to these rulings, and I have directed state agencies to take appropriate action to make that possible.”
Tomblin also advised his fellow West Virginia residents to treat others in the state in respect as the change in law goes into effect.
“Our state is known for its kindness and hospitality to residents and visitors alike,” Tomblin said. “I encourage all West Virginians—regardless of their personal beliefs—to uphold our statewide tradition of treating one another with dignity and respect.”
Anything is possible, y’all.
Loving my beautiful West Virginia right now. I’m happy and proud to live in a state that supports equality for me and the people I love.