Stay sought in ruling on Va. gay-marriage ban
Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring, left, speaks at a press conference Monday, July 28, 2014 at his office in Richmond, Va. Herring spoke about the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals striking down of Virginia's ban on same-sex marriage as Mary Shaw Townley, plaintiff, center, and Rebecca Glenberg, right, with the ACLU of Virginia looked on. (AP Photo/Richmond Times-Dispatch, Bob Brown).

Stay sought in ruling on Va. gay-marriage ban

RICHMOND, Va. — A county court clerk in northern Virginia is seeking to delay a federal appeals court ruling striking down the state’s same-sex marriage ban.

A panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond ruled Monday that Virginia’s gay marriage ban approved by voters in 2006 is unconstitutional.

In a filing Friday, Prince William County Circuit Court Clerk Michele B. McQuigg asked the court to stay the decision while she appeals to the Supreme Court.

Without a stay, marriage licenses could be issued to Virginia’s same-sex couples 21 days after the ruling.

Attorneys for McQuigg did not immediately return telephone messages left by The Associated Press.

The filing states the delay would ensure the “orderly resolution” of an important constitutional question.

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