After the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Virginia’s marriage ban last month, it’s been a hot topic.
“People are starting to think, ‘This was the law of the land,'” said Chris Sgro, executive director of the Virginia-based National Organization for Marriage.
“It’s a sad commentary on our nation.”
Sgro said the Virginia law is a clear violation of the U: Constitution’s guarantee of equal protection under the law.
The court has been divided on the constitutionality of Virginia’s ban.
In December, the justices said Virginia could continue to issue marriage licenses despite the ban, even though the U of V had already recognized same-sex marriages and was a part of the state’s Medicaid program.
The U. of V has appealed that decision.
Last month, the court also said the ban was not constitutional.
But the justices allowed it to stand.
Sro said Virginia’s law is still not legally binding, meaning it remains up for grabs for future cases.
For now, Sgro said, the state is working on how to avoid the same fate as Alabama, where the state has been forced to recognize marriages of same-gender couples.
It’s an option, but it’s not clear if the state would want to try it.
A federal judge has already issued an order that states cannot recognize same-date marriages that took place outside of the marriage license states, and the state could be asked to enforce that order, according to the Washington Post.
There are no federal appeals courts that have ruled against Virginia’s bans.