CHARLESTON, W.Va. — No immediate changes to West Virginia’s ban on same-sex marriages are expected despite this week’s decision from the U.S. 4th Circuit Court of Appeals to strike down Virginia’s ban on such unions.

West Virginia is part of the 4th Circuit, which is based in Richmond, Va. and challenges to the law in the Mountain State from three same-sex couples are pending in front of U.S. District Judge Robert C. Chambers in Huntington Federal Court.

“(Chambers) has to follow the Constitutional principles that were set forth by the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals,” said George Carenbauer, a Charleston attorney and former state Democratic Party chair.

“It is very sweeping,” Carenbauer said of the 2-1 ruling that found gay couples have a right to marry. “It’s on federal Constitutional grounds. It says a state may not ban same-sex marriage. That’s the principle that is there and it’s a very clear principle. It’s not ambiguous at all.”

Allen Whitt, president of the Family Policy Council of West Virginia, said gay marriage is not a rights issue.

“There is no right for a man who has sex with a man or a woman who has sex with a woman to be married. There’s no Constitutionally protected right for that,” Whitt said.

He said Monday’s ruling is an example of how the judiciary is becoming politicized. “What it is is a step forward for our opponents that are concerned about pushing a same-sex marriage agenda onto the people when they’ve not been able to change the minds of the people, as a whole,” Whitt said.

Both Carenbauer and Whitt were guests on Tuesday’s edition of MetroNews “Talkline.”

Supporters of Virginia’s ban on same-sex marriages have 21 days to file an appeal on Monday’s decision with the full 4th Circuit or with the U.S. Supreme Court.

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  • Gary Karstens

    Oh here we go again with selectively pulling scriptures from the fairy tale book. YEESH!

    What does Jesus say about divorce in the book of Matthew??? I you??? Should the government be in the business of granting divorces since Jesus decried it?!?!? Of course the Christians want divorce since HALF of the holier than thou crowd gets a DIVORCE EVERY YEAR!!!!! So it is ok for the fairy tale believers to cry out against homosexuality but file their divorce papers while they are doing it.

    These are the same people that trumpeted family-value bots like 5-time divorcee Vic Sprouse and the former preacher Mike Agnello.

    "Oh but divorce is not as bad as a sin......ooooohhhhhh"

    • Really?

      Is that the only argument you've got? Divorce is not even valid in this discussion! I agree it's not acceptable in the eyes of The Lord but at least you were in a Hetero relationship! Your insane! Hey how about all of us be gay and stop the existance of man!! You liberals are great!!! Thanks for the entertainment!

      • Gary Karstens

        It is more than valid. Are you kidding me on that point??? YEESH!

        The government issues divorces even though the Bible speaks out against it. Then why can't the government issue marriage certificates to me and my companion. I pay taxes, I follow the laws of the land, but I can't marry.

        And your great logic for divorce "at least they were in a Hetero relationship". I guess that trumps it all....a Hetero relationship. It is okay two Hetero couples starved their baby, but they were Hetero so that makes it a little better. Great logic! You talk about neo-cons take the cake. YEESH!

  • John

    For those opposed to gay marriage, ask yourself one question. Why does the government have to be involved with any type of marriage at all?

    • Shawn H

      You hit the nail on the head! I believe being gay is a sin, but I also say that gov should not be in the marriage business. The court could end this by kicking gov out of marriage. Then, if you wanted to marry a pig and can find a church to do it, have at it. You stand before God and you answer for it.

  • BIM Job

    Hell will be full of homosexuals and all other unforgiven sinners. Let's stand up for what is right. God already clearly defined homosexuality as sin. Let's not be like Sodom and Gomorrah. Bet they all thought it would be okay to let the homosexuals do their own thing since they were not hurting anyone.

  • TruthTeller

    I pray that West Virginia does the right thing.
    God created marriage in the beginning. One man and one women. Why can't gay people just live together and be done with it. Leave our traditions alone!!! We tolerate them, but they don't want to tolerate people of faith. If you want to live in sin, it your decision but stop trying to destroy the holy things of the living God.
    West Virginia, do you want your state to be blessed or cursed it will be based on your decision to do what is right and just in God's eyes.

    • Agreed!!

      I'm with you!! Great statement!

    • griff

      very well stated.

  • Tom

    Get dem homers back in da closet!!!

  • Dumb Liberals

    Abnormal behavior is a SIN. Enjoy your eternal life in HELL. Any "church" that condones it, is not a true church. Any "clergy" that condones it, is not a true believer and they too shall enjoy the fires of hell.

    •Lev. 18:22, "You shall not lie with a male as one lies with a female; it is an abomination."1
    •Lev. 20:13, "If there is a man who lies with a male as those who lie with a woman, both of them have committed a detestable act; they shall surely be put to death. Their bloodguiltness is upon them."
    •1 Cor. 6:9-10, "Or do you not know that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived; neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor homosexuals, 10nor thieves, nor the covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers, shall inherit the kingdom of God."
    •Rom. 1:26-28, "For this reason God gave them over to degrading passions; for their women exchanged the natural function for that which is unnatural, 27 and in the same way also the men abandoned the natural function of the woman and burned in their desire toward one another, men with men committing indecent acts and receiving in their own persons the due penalty of their error. 28 And just as they did not see fit to acknowledge God any longer, God gave them over to a depraved mind, to do those things which are not proper."

    Jam it down the throats of the general God fearing population does nothing but increase the anger and hate toward you.

    • Nick

      The old testament also says that if a woman is on her period that she isn'tf allowed in church. Do you guys follow that one too or do you just pick and choose which parts you want to follow?

      • meltzen

        you do realize church was not around in the old testament right?

  • downwiththeliberals

    Marriage has always been between a man and a woman for over 1000 years. There have been gays for over 1000 years and they were happy so why in the crap do you want to stir things up in this country. The only thing you are doing is creating more hatred

    • griff

      they need the attention

  • cynara

    It's not like WV could ever have an original thought and move into the future without waiting to be dragged there.

    If you don't like gay marriage, then just don't buy them a present. What else is it to you?

    • end result

      What it is to me is that when it's legal, as a pastor I will be sued for choosing not to perform the ceremony.

  • ThatGuyOverThere

    The way I figure it, any person who willingly gets married, straight, gay, or to be determined, is ate up in the head...Marriage is the number one cause of divorce...

  • leroy

    dont have to like it but it is none of my business

  • JJ

    Who cares let them pay higher taxes like the rest of us.

  • NotARepiblican

    Those of you against gay marriage I have the solution for you. Don't marry a person of the same gender, and mind your own business... Life will go on for you. Marriage conveys many rights and benefits that gay and lesbian couples in loving committed relationships deserve just as much as any other couple. My advice to you is simply mind your own business. If your neighbor across the street gets gay married, it's not going to affect you at all. This isn't going to be an issue in 20 years and will you want to explain to your children or grandchildren why you thought their friends loving parents shouldn't have been allowed to get married?

    Virginia also had on the books a ban on infer-racial marriage as most states did, but Virginia was the hold out and that pesky ole liberal Supreme Court had to go in and provide the right to marry for inter-racial couples there. Now, it's not an issue... The same "the sky will fall" crap that was said then is being said about gay marriage. It's not going to happen now either.

    • Where'sTheLogic?

      So your definition of marriage = 'loving committed relationships.' Thus, polygamy (more than one spouse), incest, pedophilia, .... are all acceptable as long as they love each other? Please come to a definition of marriage that promotes the common good of society and the raising of children, which has always been it's intent.

      • Yea!

        Sick em dude!!! Right on!

  • Gary

    Several years ago the Virginia voters voted 54% to 46% that marriage was between a man and a woman. The liberal courts don't care about states rights and destroy any and all laws as they see fit. Three times the voters of the liberal state of California voted that marriage was between a man and a woman only to be overturned by liberal judges. There is no such thing as states rights anymore. This needs to go to the supremecourt as a states rights issue. The voters have a right to say what they want in their state.

  • Sherilyn

    WVis a conservative state and I hope our voice will be heard.

    • Uncle Phil Duckman

      I hope dem gays can't marry. Buy my duck calls. Quack, Quack, Quack!

  • Aaron

    I wonder if Mr. Whitt would be willing to forgo all the legal rights he enjoys from his government sanctioned contract of marriage?

    • scienceSaySo

      The reason 'government sanctioned contract of marriage' is because it provides the most stable basis for a society, and is the only way to biologically produce offspring. If you believe in evolution, you can only believe in traditional marriage.