HUNTINGTON, W.Va. — U.S. District Judge Chuck Chambers put a hold on a case Tuesday challenging West Virginia’s ban on same-sex marriage.

Chambers’ brief order said he’ll wait until a federal appeals court makes a decision on a similar case challenging Virginia’s ban.

The case was argued May 13 and a decision from the 4th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals is expected sometime this summer.

Lambda Legal filed the case in West Virginia last October after three same-sex couples were denied marriage licenses in Kanawha and Cabell counties.

The plaintiffs sought a ruling from Judge Chambers earlier this year.

Since we filed our lawsuit in October, same-sex couples in four more states have secured the ability to marry,” said Beth Littrell, a Senior Attorney in Lambda Legal’s Southern Regional Office said at the time. “We do not want a country divided by unfairness and discrimination. Same-sex couples are in loving, committed relationships in every state and should be treated the same way. When same-sex couples in West Virginia are denied the freedom to marry, the government sends a message that they are second class citizens and their families are not worthy of equal dignity and respect.”

The plaintiffs include: Nancy Michael, 45, and Jane Fenton, 43, together for 16 years, and their six-year-old son, Drew; Casie McGee, 30, and Sarah Adkins 32, together for more than three years; and Justin Murdock, 32, and William Glavaris, 31, together for more than two years.

West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey has intervened in the case on behalf of the state.

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  • northforkfisher

    I feel that this should be up to the voters of the state and not some judge. The judges are to determine laws are legal or not, but when it's been a law this long the people should vote to change the law.
    I know a lot of people says the bible does or doesn't comment on it. I don't profess to be a preacher, but according to the bible Sodom and Gomorrah were destroyed because of it's sexual wickedness.

  • Jed

    You people crack me up trying to quote the Bible when you obviously don't know anything about it.
    Most of the Levitical Laws that you all try to use are no longer in effect under the Law of Grace. Under the law of Grace most of the "purification" and "sanctification" laws are now null do to their fulfillment at the cross.

    God was obviously trying to keep His people holy and separate from the pagan tribes and races that were steeped in idolatry, and forbid them to engage in their practices. And there is nothing in the Bible that says you can't get tattoos. They weren't supposed to "cut" or "make markings" on their bodies for the dead. Big difference.
    The blending of materials and fabrics was actually for their own safety if you understand what happens to you in the dessert when you mix linen and wool ... If the static doesn't kill you, you'll at least suffer from heat exhaustion.

    But you really don't need scripture to point out how sick and perverted this kind of behavior is. Imagine if everyone turned gay. We would all cease to exist.
    And when you think about it, it's pretty obvious these folks ain't right in the head. Why would a man, who's not attracted to women have sexual desires to be with another man who acts like a woman? That's just perverted.
    And likewise, why would a woman who's not attracted to men want to be with a woman who looks, acts and dresses like a man?
    And I haven't even mention the bisexuals and transsexuals.
    These people need help.

    • Gary Karstens

      The one clueless is you in your failed attempt to demean homosexuality.

      Again, I ask what does the Bible say about divorce???

      Here is what the book of Matthew has and they quote Jesus:

      Some Pharisees came and tested him by asking, "Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife?" "What did Moses command you?" he replied. They said, "Moses permitted a man to write a certificate of divorce and send her away." "It was because your hearts were hard that Moses wrote you this law," Jesus replied. "But at the beginning of creation God 'made them male and female.' 'For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh.' So they are no longer two, but one. Therefore what God has joined together, let man not separate." When they were in the house again, the disciples asked Jesus about this. He answered, "Anyone who divorces his wife and marries another woman commits adultery against her. And if she divorces her husband and marries another man, she commits adultery."

      So with that said, should the government issue certificates of death since Jesus went against the certificate of divorce that Noah said was okay to issue???

      • Gary Karstens

        I will add that most churches will say "well we can make an exception for divorce" being that many in the pulpit have issued their wife or wives certificates of divorce yet continuing to preach the "gospel" from the pulpit.

        Ya' know, we have to make some exceptions to the Bible as long as it fits the Christians that wear their Christianity on their sleeve.

  • Gary Karstens

    And I love every one quoting the Bible for what the state should do!!!! What does the Bible state about divorce???? Yet the state grants those daily.

    I see a contradiction here :)

    • Abram

      You are right, the Bible and the lottery don't go well together.

  • Gary Karstens

    Why don't the Republicans go around and round up all these dead-beat dads that refuse to pay child support and expect the rest of the tax-paying society to support them? Many homosexuals have their tax dollars going to prop up all these great Biblical marriages that have been performed in the churches only to have these dads put their hunting life, bar life, WVU football games over raising their children.

    The Republicans can put up another one of their Vic Sprouses to fight homosexual marriage....all the time this individual is sleeping around like a dog in heat.

    • Silas Lynch

      So, your willing to starve poor little children to save homosexuals from paying higher taxes?

  • Abram

    (Abraham) With God, all things are possible. Ask my son Isaac.

  • Hillbilly

    Gay couples aren't used to nasty divorces, splitting up everything... welcome to the new world. Another "benefit" huh?

  • flossrancher

    Homosexuality, tattoos, wearing clothes made from blended fabrics, beard trimming, eating fruit from trees less than five years old--these are abominations, saith the Lord!

    • Gary Karstens

      Yes but we all know Christians love to pick and choose which scriptures apply to society.

      • Silas Lynch

        Your disdain of Christians is remarkable. Perhaps you would be more comfortable with the Scriptures revealed to The Prophet in the Qur'an. Just a thought.

  • MOCO man

    They aren't denied anything. The law is the law and they are free to take their ass to San Francisco and marry. It's not this state that is backwards's the whackos that are wanting to marry someone of the same fricken sex........sicko's

    • Aaron

      If every other state recognize that marriage and the individuals could move to any state and receive the same benefits a man and woman receive, you might have a point.

      As a same-sex couple is denied all of the rights, privileges and legal benefits of the contract of marriage, you do not.

      The easiest way for conservatives to end this issue is to simply pass civil union laws that bestow the same legal benefits as marriage and are recognized by every state. Otherwise, they will lose on this issue.

      • kensgirl

        Agreed. I'm not opposed to giving them legal civil protections, tax breaks or whatever else, but in every country that condones same-sex marriage, the next step has been prosecutions against ministers who refuse them or churches who don't allow their facilities to be used. The US wouldn't be any different in that regard, no matter how much we like to pretend otherwise. The religious objections of privately-owned businesses are already being trampled down. Ministers and churches would inevitably be next.

        • Aaron

          I don't disagree which is why churches need to get out of the business of sanctioning state marriages.

  • Grey4449

    Let each state decide by vote not by judges . I believe that the right to own a gun, abortion, pot smoking, and gay marriage should be put before the people. If a state votes for an issue you don't like simpley move to a state that allows the issue. Letting one or two judges decide for an entire state is wrong. It's the vote that counts. The will of the people.

    • Gary R

      Grey it doesn't work like that. California as liberal as they are voted and ruled that marriage is between a man and a woman three times only to have liberal judges over rule them Back in I believe 2010 Virginia voters voted 54 percent to 46 percent that marriage is between a man and a woman onli to have one of obamas liberal judges recently over rule it. The majority and states rights doesn't mean a thing any more.

    • Aaron

      The Equal Protection Clause has been affirmed to the states, thus the contract of marriage is a federal issue.

  • wondering

    metro news needs to grow some instead of censoring out my opinion. they have more problems with 1st amendment then gays

  • wondering

    guess u still haven't heard it says Adam and eve NOT Adam and Steve. but if u claim u were born that way u probably still don't know the book.

  • Gary R

    Marriage is between a man and a woman. As a Christian I'm appalled about what is going on in this country.

    • Hillbilly

      Likewise.. but there are too many out there who will not stop until they have freedom FROM religion (which is what most anti-gay beliefs are about... myself included). The good book says its a sin.

  • wondering

    let them fa#% go somewhere else. not here. they claim they were born that way well let them be that way in the closet or elsewhere. but i shouldn't have to see it

  • preacher

    I'll give my license up before I perform a marriage between same sex couple.

    • Hop'sHip

      You need a license to be a preacher? Who issues these? God?

    • Gary Karstens

      Clean up your own church that is full of sinners first! Never liked a preacher that wears his holier than thou attitude on his sleeve.

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  • Spartan

    They (homosexuals) won't stop until religious institutions are coerced into accepting as well as blessing their union. Naturally, they want the same benefits that hetrosexuals enjoy, but it goes much deeper than that. This is about forcing broader society to not only accept their lifestyle, but also demanding social engineering of our children in the public school system.
    Wake up people...