West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey will not continue his defense of the state’s ban on same-sex marriage, soon clearing the way for same-sex marriage in West Virginia, according to a press release issued Thursday afternoon.
It comes in light of this week’s U.S. Supreme Court decision that turned away appeals from five states, including Virginia, and rendered bans on same-sex marriage unconstitutional.
Huntington’s William Glavaris, one of six plaintiffs who challenged West Virginia’s law in federal court, praised the decision.
“I'm emotional and speechless,” he said.
Casie McGee, another Huntington plaintiff, heard the announcement at work.
“I’m just hearing it,” she said. “I’m still speechless. Amazed, excited, and speechless.”
The state Department of Health and Human Resources announced its bureaus have amended paper forms and online technology to implement the necessary changes.
“We expect that county clerks across the state will be able to issue marriage licenses for same-sex couples by Tuesday, October 14, 2014 at the latest,” said DHHR spokeswoman Allison Adler in a prepared release.Wild, Wonderful West Virginia, folks. Oh, and at this point, about 20 or so other states (including Ohio and Kentucky, good job on that guys) get stuck with "Behind even West Virginia on marriage equality", which is pretty failtastic if you ask me.