CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Same-sex marriage is now legal in West Virginia. It happened Thursday afternoon after state Attorney General Patrick Morrisey said he could no longer defend the state’s Defense of Marriage Act following action earlier this week by the U.S. Supreme Court.

Minutes after Morrisey’s announcement state DHHR Secretary Karen Bowling announced same-sex couples seeking marriage licenses would not be turned away at county courthouses.

“Early on in this case I had a duty to defend the state law but once the Supreme Court has made its decision and you don’t see a pathway forward you have to accept that,” Morrisey told MetroNews. “That’s why we’ve indicated we’re respecting the U.S. Supreme Court decision and moving forward.”

Morrisey was fighting the challenge made to the state law by three same-sex couples who filed a lawsuit in 2013. The case was almost identical to one in Virginia which eventually resulted in overturning the ban on same-sex marriages in that state and that’s the case the U.S. Supreme Court refused to take up.

“Once that decision came down it became clear what would happen to the West Virginia case,” Morrisey said.

Lambda Legal represented the same-sex couples in the West Virginia challenge. Attorney Beth Littrell said Morrisey’s decision was the right thing to do both constitutionally and fiscally.

“This means that there’s nobody standing in the way for same-sex couples in West Virginia to exercise their constitutional rights and be able to get married,” Littrell said.

DHHR Secretary Karen Bowling said the new wording on marriage licenses for same-sex couples would be available by next Tuesday at the latest. Couples who begin the licensing process in the interim will receive licenses with the old wording of “groom and bride” as opposed to the new “applicant and applicant.”

Within minutes of the announcement, Chris Bostic and David Epp became the first same-sex couple to apply for a marriage license in Kanawha County. There were several licenses granted in Cabell County with one couple being married on the courthouse steps in Huntington. However, the news was slow to spread across the state. A tweet from Travis Crum of the LGBT advocacy group Fairness West Virginia claimed a same-sex couple in Randolph County was denied a marriage license because the clerk hadn’t received notification.

Littrell predicted it would be busy over the next few weeks.

“There will be a wave of couples who have pent up energy and need to be able to get married to secure their relationships with each other and their children,” she said.

AG Morrisey said there are still a few things that must be done to finalize the lawsuit that is still before U.S. District Judge Chuck Chambers.

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin responded to Morrisey’s decision with the following statement:

“As the attorney general stated today, recent rulings by several federal courts, combined with the refusal of the U.S. Supreme Court to hear this issue, make it clear that laws banning same-sex marriage have been declared unconstitutional. I do not plan to take any actions that would seek to overturn the courts’ decisions. West Virginia will uphold the law according to these rulings, and I have directed state agencies to take appropriate action to make that possible.

“Our state is known for its kindness and hospitality to residents and visitors alike. I encourage all West Virginians—regardless of their personal beliefs—to uphold our statewide tradition of treating one another with dignity and respect.”

Littrell said she had no way to predict how long the legal challenge would continue in West Virginia. She said she felt good about their chances as constitutions and laws in more and more states were being overturned when it came to the marriage issue.

“It did feel like the win would come sooner rather than later,” she said.

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  • Christina

    Amen brother! Our country is becoming a Sodom & Gamorra!!

  • PreacherMan

    He also cries when people like Joyce speak for him and pretend to be him

  • Silas Lynch

    Then maybe you should tell us all what SHOULD be legal...

  • Silas Lynch

    except the white, Christian man... right?

  • Silas Lynch

    Fine! judge me! Jesus never intended for those that need judged to never be judged...

  • Silas Lynch

    If I apply for a job and the employer to hire me is openly gay and a gay person beats me out of getting the job,,,, should I be suspicious? Should I seek retribution? Should I cry civil rights violation?

  • Silas Lynch

    Speaking of hate filled hearts, you know who is even more intolerable of same-sex marriage than the Christian above? Muslims!! Why don't you go bitch at them about accepting gay pride into their mosques......

  • Silas Lynch

    Sister, you're not tolerant, not in the least.

  • Sarah

    You stopped reading too early. Romans 2:1...
    "Therefore you have no excuse, whoever you are, when you judge others; for in passing judgment on another you condemn yourself, because you, the judge, are doing the very same things."

  • Joyce

    God is crying. His people have gone astray and are no longer following truth, He'll also cry when He has to pronounce judgement on such abominations and cast them in The Lake of Fire,

  • Tim C

    It's a sad day when a few people sitting in a courtroom can force the vast majority to accept something they overwhelmingly oppose. 1% of the population is gay so the rest of America has to conform to their wishes. This is why you should be very careful who you elect to office. The Democratic Party is father of all this and the Republican Party was too weak to stand up to it. Our nation has been transformed, just as Obama said it would. I hope all you Dems are happy. May God have mercy on all of us as it is evident we have turned away from the Word.

  • Silas Lynch

    Shelby, why use Matthew 7:1-3? So many wrongly use this in an attempt to further a "Live and let live" point of view when it is not

  • Silas Lynch

    .....And Btw, none of you addressed the glaring Muslim Jihad reference. I'll just leave it an open ended invitation for any of you to comment... How'bout it, are we to tolerate their religious convictions cause "they're here, they're feared and they aren't goin anywhere"....

  • TC

    I think I'm going to throw a law suit against our government saying its unconstitional to not allow me to legally marry my sister, mother, farm animals, etc. Hey, what's fair is fair right? Sound insane? That's next.

  • Silas Lynch

    Bob

    Do you know what the Bible says about homosexuality? I've read it in the original language (yes, the whole thing) and it is very, very clear. Jesus is absolutely, clearly, 100% ok with homosexuals. Read Matthew 19. In the original language. Clear as can be.-------

    Bob, you are so full of crap!! I personally don't care what the Bible says and I know some gay groups argue that Jesus was referring to homosexuals when He mentioned eunuchs who were “born that way.” However, the Bible never uses the words homosexual and eunuch interchangeably. Furthermore, eunuchs are never referred to in Scripture as being in sin, while homosexuality is universally condemned in both the Old and New Testaments.

  • Silas Lynch

    Bob, crafty wording to use "serious attempt to put forth legislation to do this" but you and I both know the lobbying has already started for it AND legislation proposing polygamy is somewhat common..
    (BTW, who cares how if s/he used quotation marks incorrectly you pertinacious asinine twit) Change your screen name why don't you, I suggest
    Ad Hom

  • Wm Stout

    Congratulations to my home state. Proud of you. As a Christian, I believe that this is what Jesus would want. All the Biblical mentions of the subject have been de-bunked as bad translations. Sodom & Gommorah, of course, had to do with hostility to strangers. NOTHING to do with homosexuality. It's genetic, people; like color of your hair or eyes. No difference. Please remember that the King James Bible was written a few hundred years ago by 40-some writers who were paid by King James (who had nothing to do with St James).As things relax we will all be surprised at how many of our "normal" friends let us know that they are homo or bi-sexual or lesbian.
    and I believe that everyone has the right to be married and suffer like everyone else…lol

  • Frank

    So in other words, Federal Law trumps state laws, right? WV already had a state law in tact which defined marriage between a man and a woman. Last I checked, it was the STATES which issue marriage licenses, not the FEDERAL GOVERNMENT. It's sad when state law and the will of the people gets trampled by activist, liberal judges. The WV voters were NEVER given a chance to vote on same sex marriage. It would fail by a 65-35 margin at least. It's sad to see the 10th Amendment to the US Constitution being shredded. Why even have state/county/local government when Washington and judges are going to have the final say?

  • Tam

    AMEN!!!

  • Tam

    It was already on the ballot!! We voted to keep marriage as a man and a woman!! Now a COURT says NO-- they don't care what the people in the state think.

  • Tam

    I agree!!! Can't understand why the few can squeak loud enough to change what those who voted in WV for -- the marriage of a man and a woman! Have a hard time understanding how they can be offended, but when we who are straight are offended, no one gives a crap.
    American is going to hell in a hand basket!! God help us!!!

  • rob

    RC Sodom ans Gomorrah had more going on than just homosexuality going on. Perhaps someday you will have a loved one come out to you. Then hopefully you'll be more receptive. Until then mind your own home don't try to mind anyone else's.

  • Silas Lynch

    straights destroyed it? you mean modern civilization destroyed it ,,, the same modern civilization that has brought us--- Same sex marriage...

  • Silas Lynch

    I have another question; How does a Kmart cashier telling someone "Merry Christmas" affect anything?

  • Silas Lynch

    the canned "retort" is "Blacks wouldn't have settled for moving to the middle of the bus"

    But civil unions give every and any homosexual couple joined together in a civil union the exact same legal rights as any heterosexual married couple,,, except in most churches,,,, Those are the facts.. like it or not!!

  • Silas Lynch

    That's a ridiculous misnomer purposely spread to confuse the truth that homosexuality exist in other species of mammals--- The acts you speak of are all acts of establishing and practicing dominance...

  • Silas Lynch

    Gay’s joined together in civil unions most certainly are just as equal in the eyes of the law as any heterosexual married couple. To say otherwise is absurd nonsense.
    What you sound as if you are probing for is equality for gays in the eyes of GAWD!!

    Whether there is a GAWD or not is moot on this because the Supreme Court nor the US Senate or even the great President Eboma himself can legislate GAWDS approval of gays……

  • RC

    Gov. Tomlin
    Goodness and respect comes from God and if u believe that God is a higher power and our example then we should have the same mind toward this issue as He does. He rained fire and brimestone upon the city of Sodom and Gomorrah and destroyed them for homosexuality. God does NOT change.

  • WV Proud

    Bob: Neal mad a great point. You are just to ignorant to Internalize the point.

  • griff

    Jason, I believe you are right. You should be able to marry all the women that you love & men if you love them. BUT that would be a lot of mother-in-laws. you know what I mean???

  • Terri

    Glad to see this happening, however it is sad that there needs to be a law or some legal goings on to say that this is ok. Everyone above the age of consent should be allowed to marry the one they love no matter the gender.

    Welcome to the 21st Century, WV. Pleased to hear this.

  • Equality Supporter

    Oh my goodness, you are so clever. I'll bet your parents are very, very proud of you and your witticism's.

    Just in case you didn't know, lots and lots of people don't or can't conceive children-and... wait for it... lots of people DO conceive children *gasp* without getting married!

    I know, it's shocking isn't it?! But it's true!

  • Equality Supporter

    Well bless your tiny little hate filled heart, you are an intolerant hate monger willing to throw taxpayer dollars at a losing cause all in the name of a short delay.

  • Melody and misty

    I'm sad to see all this debate of gay marriages. There is so much going in the world right now, killings, phamine, infections that can spread quickly and kill many but u are worried about people getting married of the same sex. God is a loving god. Happiness is the goal for everyone. Being gay is not a sin. It's a way of life that we choose. Wake up and look at your life. Everyone has secrets. I'm proud to say I'm gay. My partner and I have been together for 11 years. U don't have any right to judge. I will pray for all who are against gay marriage. Because god is a loving god and he will take care of me.

  • Equality Supporter

    Two consenting adult United States citizens.

    Look, you are never going to come off your position, merely littering the comments with your hate speech and judgmental viewpoints.

    No one is forcing you (or anyone else) to marry anyone, it is an expansion of a right that other consenting adult United States citizens already enjoy.

    Richard, dear, get over it or move to a country that is more in line with your beliefs. The SCOTUS is not a liberal court. It only took four justices to agree to hear the appeals and it didn't happen.

    You and your kind lost. Just like slavery (bible condoned), incest (bible condoned), women as property (bible condoned) have been declared illegal, so too has discriminating against people for who they love.

    It's a great day to be a mountaineer!

  • Smith

    I think this article might help you understand some potential flaws n your argument.

    http://darwinbookcats.wordpress.com/2011/07/06/the-evolution-of-human-homosexual-behavior/

  • Mkov

    Should elderly or infertile citizens not be allowed to marry, since they can't propagate these species?

    Why are you so focused on men having sex?

  • St. Jimmy

    Look at the 14th Amendment, thats where its writtten.

  • Shelby J.

    Matthew 7:1-3
    John 8:6
    Stay in your lane, bro.

  • cb

    You can blame that on our state jumping out so early to make it illegal. Stupid part was they did this right as another state was losing to the supreme court and having to make it legal. Had WV just kept quiet then it would still be illegal, but the thumpers started thumping the bible and that turned out well for them....

  • Rev

    Blasphemy!!!

  • Scott Bandy

    Romans 1:26-27 - It's a sad day in West Virginia.

  • Jason R.

    Not agreeing or disagreeing either way on the issue. The one thing I want to know is now that the definition of marriage being restricted to one man and one woman has been lifted, will I be permitted to marry multiple wives and if I can't why shouldn't I be allowed to? If one has the civil right to be able to get married to the people they love, then that's the way it should be.

    There are pending court cases out west to allow polygamy and the ones bringing the cases are using the exact same legal arguments that same-sex marriage advocates have used to win their court cases. It stands to reason that its only a matter of time before polygamy is permitted.

    As far as marriage being a civil right, it is not. In fact, a state could legally outlaw marriage within its borders all together. The existing laws being applied equally is what's at issue here.

  • Coal?

    Not necessarily; I was, however, nearly always correct in high school and very little has changed since. Go ahead, defend the immoral - hell will be welcoming.

  • Coal?

    As an aside, your "marriage" is a fraudulent and immoral joke.

  • Coal?

    God preaches that homosexuality is wrong. Before you comment on things which you clearly know nothing about, check out the following:

    Leviticus 18 and 20
    Romans 1
    Matthew 19:12
    & many more....

    Best check yo'self for you wreck yo'self fool.

  • rick

    Welcome to America...where everyone has the same rights...life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness

  • Coal?

    Here is how it negatively affects me:

    Homosexual marriage is unnatural, wrong and incapable of natural procreation. It is abhorrent to moral society and to the people of the State of West Virginia. It is unfortunate that our elected leaders are not choosing to fight this. Refuse to issue the licenses to homosexual couples and then let those denied such licenses challenge it. At least we could put off what unfortunately may be the inevitable for a bit longer.

    Either way, this is tragic and revolting.

  • jblaker

    Marriage is a civil right as was determined by the Supreme Court in the case Loving v. Virginia. The court ruled that the State of Virginia could not legally ban interracial marriage. The same principle applies here

  • Coal?

    Are those two "idiots" a man and a woman? If they are, then I have no problem with them getting married on television, as that is a natural marriage capable of procreation and not a vile abhorrent lifestyle choice.

    Are the two "trashed" individuals a man and a woman? If they are, then I have no problem with them annulling their marriage the next day. At least they had a real marriage, albeit for a short period of time.

    It is not that my life is "worth" more than yours, though it likely is; rather, it is that I am able to "judge" and condemn those who make immoral and sadistic lifestyle choices such as choosing to be a homosexual.

    All should not be treated equally, as all are not deserving of equal treatment.

  • Frenchie

    "The Governor came out . . ." - Thanks for the laugh fellows.

  • rt

    many people commenting on this subject of gay marriage being a civil right guarantee is absolutely incorrect.

    people obviously do not understand the concept of federalism established by our founding fathers in the constitution.

    the tenth amendment states clearly that the federal government can only exercise power in those areas specifically enumerated to the government in the main body of the constitution or in the amendments.

    you cannot show me anywhere in our governing document where the federal government was granted the power to determine marriage status.

    therefore any power not enumerated to the federal authorities is left to the states or to the people.

    maybe the supreme court did not hear this case because the justices know that if they hear it then the court must rule against it and pitch the battle back to the states.

    maybe they are just waiting for the mid-term elections to be over with to rule so their decision won't have a major impact.

    maybe they are just gutless and willing to compromise our basic governing document to appease a very vocal minority.

    I don't know the motivation of the supreme court justices in not hearing the case but I do believe that by not hearing it they are leaving a very difficult situation that in the future may be even more difficult to resolve.

    to me the answer is simple.either let the constitution work as designed or amend the document granting to the federal government the right to determine proper marriage status in the nation.

  • Sara

    Who are you to say what God will do? Do you know him and how he truly feels? Nope you just know what is written in the bible by a man who claims he was able to hear God!!! Shut up and wait for your own judgment day!!!!

  • Sara

    First those of you who think you are all mighty and are quote spreading the word are passing judgment like you were the one who created life! God has a plan for everyone and let me tell you now you think he is allowing this and then he will pass his judgment on those of same sex but in all honesty I believe he is making his children they way they are and seeing how we treat them! Wake up people stop passing judgement and stop trying to preach to people! God is all loving and it is he who will judge! Stop spreading hatred!

  • WVDoomed

    When Jesus shows up you won't be laughing and you won't be smug. You have no idea....enjoy your trip.

  • WVDoomed

    God's blessings on WV is withheld now. He will not bless a nation, state, city that 'upholds' wickedness and damns morals! Arse-backwards is the way these cowards and incompetent nitwits rule. They make good evil and evil good. They have no idea what is about to happen to those who wallow in immorality. Enjoy your trip. And THIS is a definite wake up call to each and every christian in WV who WILL show up to vote and vote those who refuse to fight the good fight. They will not be working for us any longer. Of course it's clear they weren't anyway. The MAJORITY lost because of deceitful leadership in WV. WV citizens/christians won't tolerate it. See you at the polls christians. We are the MAJORITY!

  • WVDoomed

    Godless immoral people (minority) rule now. God is allowing it.....for only a short time. They have no idea what lies ahead for them. God is in control. And this won't end well for them! Next election these fools won't be working in our govt. Time and time again, citizens voted against this abomination; yet stupid little cowardly men/women in politics are only thinking of themselves and allow 'minority' to rule. Well, November is OUR time. We rid ourselves of cowards and do nothings too afraid to stand up to the loud obnoxious immoral folks!

  • pat b

    I'm buying stock in vasoline now!

  • me

    November can't get here soon enough. Of course the damage is done now.

  • martinsburg Resident

    Deny Him all you want... He is your God / Creator too & loves you in spite of your hatred... calling wrong - right or blue - red doesn't make it truth... just prayed for you, have a blessed day!

  • richard

    Like I said, I wasn't judging anyone. I'm not God and I have no desire to be God.
    I do know one thing for sure. It took one man and one woman to create a homosexual because two homosexuals sure couldn't create another homosexual.
    It also doesn't take a brain surgeon to figure out that there are 7 God made holes on a human body. Some are exits and some are entrances.

  • Bob

    Do you know what the Bible says about homosexuality? I've read it in the original language (yes, the whole thing) and it is very, very clear. Jesus is absolutely, clearly, 100% ok with homosexuals. Read Matthew 19. In the original language. Clear as can be.

  • Bob

    Neal,
    I'm at a loss... No, Voice of reason did not say, nor did s/he imply that we should do everything that animals (or specifically a dog) do.
    Your reply just seemed like the ignorant ramblings that run rampant here. But your smug reply about wanting to edit your post made me realize that you really think you made an intelligent and well argued point.

    You didn't. In fact, you appear to have misunderstood the entire conversation.

  • Bob

    Do you have a point that you are trying to make? I'll answer your questions, in the order you asked them....

    What about plural marriage?
    What about it?

    Since many in this country want to "expand" the DEFINITION OF MARRIAGE, why not afford the same courtesy who wish to marry multiple partners?
    Because no one has made a serious attempt to put forth legislation to do this. (BTW, you have incorrectly used quotation marks.)


    After all, these are consenting adults who love each other in committed relationships. I say legalize plural marriage as well!
    Then take up the banner and fight for those rights.

  • Bob

    Clever response. I hope you did not miss any sleep coming up with that powerful reply.

  • Daddy's home

    What about plural marriage? Since many in this country want to "expand" the definition of marriage, why not afford the same courtesy who wish to marry multiple partners? After all, these are consenting adults who love each other in committed relationships. I say legalize plural marriage as well!

  • Christianity is a myth

    more buy-bull garbage.....

  • Bob

    Answer for you....
    Yes, I recognize your right to disagree with same-sex marriage.

    No, those rights absolutely should never be equal on both sides of the equation.

    You are quick to assume that anyone would agree that those rights should be equal. However, I absolutely disagree with that premise out of hand. In the same vein, a business owner has every right to be racist, bigoted, sexist, SOB. They have that right as much as I have a right to be a bed wetting liberal. However, those rights cease to be equal when we start clubbing people over the heads with them. The moment we move down the path of actual behavior in our society, when someone's right to believe something abhorrent crashes into my human and civil rights, we have a conflict which elevates above and beyond a mere disagreement about beliefs.

  • Christianity is a myth

    F your "god" and your buy-bull

  • Christianity is a myth

    F your buy-bull!

  • Christianity is a myth

    This is great news! Whatever drives stupid, fundie, buy-bull believing idiots apoplectic has got to be a good thing. Now please pass the popcorn LMFAO!!

  • Ron From Morgantown

    That's right get organized and defeat him ! Thanks

  • Ron From Morgantown

    If this is a way to get rid of the AG who am I to stand in the way ? Go for it .

  • Mike

    Native Daughter. Have you ever read God's word about the sin of being gay? As a matter of fact do you even know what the Bible say's about anything? I doubt you have,if you did you wouldn't make such comments. Try reading it sometime,it might open your eyes.

  • Active brain

    I challenge you to do one thing your dog does. Love without judgment!

  • Randy

    Gov. If you think we are so nice to visitors, I'm guessing you have never gone to a WVU home football game.

  • Active brain

    Why don't you go ahead and add people of a race other than your own or any other person you can descriminate against to deny services to.

  • Wow

    you are dumb. If he didn't intend on that then y did he create gays lesbians bisexuals and transgenders in the first place! The Bible is written by man and someone that didn't like Homosexuality decided to make it out as God didn't well GET OVER IT it is ILLEGAL in WV now so stfu!

  • Matt

    What does that have to do with the same-sex marriage issue?

    Nothing. You could be absolutely correct, and it's still irrelevant. So, I'm not sure why you're even bringing it up.

  • Native Daughter

    I beg to differ. Your very arguments were used to justify slavery, bans on interracial marriage, etc.

    What you consider to be ideal is a homogenous society in which church and state are one. In a nation that is actually full of more than just white, Christian people, that does not work.

    Your comments actually indicate a lack of knowledge regarding actual research on human development, psychology, medicine, or biology. You know, material that is from something from other than Fox News, your church, or Duck Dynasty.

    Gay marriage will not lead to extinction, nor does it harm the family system. If you took a little time to venture outside of your bubble and actually exposed yourself to people who aren't "just like you", you might come to understand that.

  • Neal

    So you do everything your dog does? Including eating deer feces in the yard? As humans we should know right from wrong. I challenge you to do everything your dog does for just one day. After that I think you might want to edit your last post.

  • Neal

    You'll convince me that nature intended for a man to be with another man when the two together can do the most basic function for life to continue - propagate the species. So you're saying that a gay man who is not sterile was created that way by nature? Then why did Mother Nature give him all the necessary tools to procreate with a woman if she intended for him to be gay? That goes against every rule of evolution.

  • Artimus

    I have a question for all those supporting the right to have same-sex marriages. If we recognize your right to enter into a same-sex marriage then shouldn't you also recognize our right to disagree with same-sex marriage? Shouldn't those rights be equal to both sides of the equation? And assuming you agree that they are equal and/or should be equal, then shouldn't a private business have the right to refuse to provide services or sell a product to a same-sex couple based upon the owner's "equal right" to disagree with the institution of same-sex marriage. This is what irks me about the same-sex marriage proponents. They want "equal rights" and "acceptance" but then turn right around and demand a private business owner forfeit his rights, or suppress his rights in favor of gay rights, when his viewpoint differs from the same-sex community.

  • Voice of reason

    I'm sorry to burst your bubble, but homosexuality exists is hundreds of species. Homophobia exists in one. Please, go read a book.

  • Artimus

    Your loving, tolerant, kind attitude will sit idly by while the very core fabric of our society disintegrates around you. What you fail to realize is the fact that same sex marriages promote the extinction of mankind, they are a weak substitute for the properly functioning family unit, they promote intolerance and lack of respect for the opposite sex, they thumb their nose at the established hierarchy of leadership and protection within the family unit and ultimately other institutions outside the family (i.e. church, business, government), they promote disease (ever heard of AIDS) and they eventually lead to a screwed up populace that doesn't know if they are male or female. You think my comments are "so extreme" but come back in 50 years and see where we are. Agreed, you and I may not live long enough to see the effects on our country and society but I can tell you "it's not going to be pretty".

  • Frank

    Funny how the WV voters were never able to vote on this matter at the polls. I guess voting doesn't matter when you have liberal judges ruling as they please.

  • Martinsburg Resident

    Like I said, it does no good to debate a Fool.

  • Help us!!!!

    Dennis pray you find a rationship with him before its to late, if your right we've lost nothing, but if we are right , and we are you've lost everything!!!!

  • Martinsburg Resident

    The Church I attend would welcome anyone and everyone is welcome to hear God's truth... He loves gays, adulterers, drug addicts, etc... All things are permissible but not all things are profitable. Religion is man made, but a personal relationship with Christ is what a true believer has... All that being said, homosexuality is a sin. Love the sinner - hate the sin... This whole ruling goes hand in hand with everything the progressive liberals are trying to make everyone accept. God is the final judge on this, not man. God's definition of marriage is between a man and a woman. You can insult me and all believers all you want, but in the end you're only insulting your Creator. Have a blessed day. Btw... you nor I made these rules God did & a homosexual can still be a believer, just as a murderer and thief can be (the first Christian, a thief, hung on a cross beside Christ)... I stumble everyday, but God's grace covered ALL sin over 2000 years ago. I don't pretend to understand it fully, but I accept what His word says. Nothing I or anyone else can do will save us... ONLY our faith & belief in Christ is all we need. Good night!

  • Help us!!!!

    It's funny that out of all species, we are the only ones that have to mate with the same kind!!!!!

  • cross bearer

    Amen brother!!!!!! 2 Tim 3

  • Kevin

    Polygamy and marrying children is traditional marriage. That was before women and children had any say in who or whether they married.
    It's possible that marriage equality won't end with same sex marriage, but we won't go back to considering forced marriage acceptable, no matter how much the traditionalists want it.
    Marriage with more than two may happen but only if all participants consent. Marriage between species can only happen if we meet another species that can give legal consent, so marrying a pet is off limits.

  • Rodney Slider

    I have one question. How does gays getting married affect your life? And PLEASE dont go quoting some book or what someone told you was right or wrong!! This world would be so much better off if everyone would quit sticking their noses in everyone elses business!!!

  • Rodney Slider

    Very well said.

  • Native Daughter

    My two makers raised me to be a loving tolerant person.

    If you are referring to a Supreme being maker, I'm pretty sure being a kind, loving individual would be far more worthy of entrance into heaven than being someone who espouses the very same intolerance which teaches children to bully those who are "different".

    Be it passive or overt, many of your comments are what condone aggression, hate crimes, marginalization, and/or bullying.

  • Bob

    The Bible is most certainly NOT a work of fiction. Clearly we can debate the historical accuracy of much, if not all, of the book. However, it is not a work of fiction.

    Read Leviticus. This is clearly a list of the rules and laws that our Jewish brothers adhered to. This isn't a work of fiction.

    Much of the New Testament are letters written to various people and congregations. A letter is not a work of fiction. Again, you can debate the accuracy of things written in letters but a letter is not a work of fiction.

    If you want to say that much of the Bible isn't true, that is a tenable argument. But, by definition, the Bible is NOT a work of fiction. If you make that claim, you don't know what it means to be fiction or you don't know a lick about the Bible.

  • Bob

    You would be mistaken Richard. Matthew 19:11-12. A eunuch has several different translations but in this context the only one that makes sense is that a eunuch is a homosexual man. Jesus says pretty clearly that this is ok and that only those who can accept the rule of marriage being between man and woman should. He makes it clear that eunuchs get a pass. You should read your Bible and understand it more if you want to use it as a weapon.

  • Steve

    This Governor is for anything that the lawyers recommend...You see the shape our State is in.....worst Governoer we've ever had".....

  • Steve

    Good luck when you meet your maker face to face

  • PreacherMan

    Excellent comment!!!!
    I applaud you!

  • Dennis C

    The bible belt, I like tomcall it the bigot belt which is a more accurate description.

  • Dennis C

    There is no god, get over it.

  • Dennis C

    Richard, the bible is a work of fiction that should not be taken seriously. Moreover, there is no god. The concept of god was developed years ago,as a mechanism to control peopl.

  • PreacherMan

    Or it could mean that YOU quoted a flawed translation!

  • PreacherMan

    Or it could mean one other thing, TRANSLATION.

    The bible needs to be understood in cultural context not just taken as a book that was written directly to modern day Americans.

  • Native Daughter

    I am fairly certain that those who are complaining have never been denied a civil right.

    At the very least, I'm fairly certain that you are still gauging your moral compass based on something interpreted, misinterpreted, and/or reinterpreted around the same time that people believed the Earth was flat.

    How would you feel if I started a crusade to prevent people with low IQs from getting married to prevent the genetic spread of lower intellect? You know, since they "chose" to have a lower IQ.

    How would you feel if I told you that you couldn't pierce your ears or get a tattoo because of Leviticus 19:28? It's in the Bible after all. I'm sure you've all read it cover to cover and follow all principals and rules such as beating your children and abstaining from wearing crosses (1 Peter 3:3).

  • Colynn Mae Jones

    I very proud of my cousin! Well I guess David will soon be my cousin too! Love you both!!!!XOXOXOXOX

  • richard

    I'm not judging in any way, just trying to use some logical thinking. In every passage in the Bible that speaks of marriage, not one time does it say "a husband and husband" or a "wife and a wife". It only speaks of a man and a woman or a husband and a wife. One of two things must then be true - either God considers it wrong to be married to a person of the same sex OR he never dreamed that humans would ever dream up such a thing as a man being married to a man or a woman being married to a woman. Since God is all knowing, he knows everything that will ever be thought of by man. So, one must conclude by logical thinking that God considers it wrong to be married to another person of the same sex.

  • Colynn Mae Jones

    Very proud of my cousin ...well I guess David will soon be my cousin tooo. love you both! XOXOXOXOX
    Colynn Mae Jones

  • Proud[L]GBTmember

    I have been with my girlfriend for 3 years. We just want to be able to be proud of our achievements and relationships just as heterosexual couples. We want to be able to share the same last name. I'm sorry for those of you that are offended by this ruling. I apologize for the hate in your hearts that we have cause you all. However, our love is just the same. I am a Christian, I know what is said that is wrong and an abomination. However, I have prayed that if me being how I am isn't correct, God change it. 2 weeks later, I met my beautiful girlfriend! I asked for conformation..we have never argued. We aren't out to destroy your lives, and the decency of marriage. We just want the same privileges you all receive. God Bless.

  • coleywheez

    I guess your going to have to learn!! Gay people are statistically happier, more trustworthy, and more courteous. So, the people tearing down society are wrenches like you!!

  • sky is still there

    Yeah right, the 50% plus current divorce rate among heterosexuals has done nothing but help society, right? And all those kids weren't affected, right? Take off your tinfoil hat and absorb some reality.

  • it takes more than genes...

    ...to be a daddy. Ask my three kids. They love their dads. Six christian heterosexuals couldnt raise these kids. Jesus said, protect the orphans and widows. We love these kids. We had no choice and wouldnt to it differntly given the chance.

  • Artimus

    "We also know that the law is made not for the righteous but for lawbreakers and rebels, the ungodly and sinful, the unholy and irreligious, for those who kill their fathers or mothers, for murderers, for the sexually immoral, for those practicing homosexuality, for slave traders and liars and perjurers—and for whatever else is contrary to the sound doctrine that conforms to the gospel concerning the glory of the blessed God, which he entrusted to me." (I Timothy 1:9-11)

    With that said either (1) your reading comprehension skills suck or (2) you haven't really read much of the New Testament.

  • richard

    Adult what?

  • Artimus

    I have a real problem being civil and courteous to a group of people and a practice that will go a long way to destroying our society.

  • Proud WVian

    Almost every single gay person on this earth was created and raised by straight parents.

  • donutfiend77

    The only issue that will arise from this is more divorces.

  • all over but the shouting

    The Governor put it well: “Our state is known for its kindness and hospitality to residents and visitors alike. I encourage all West Virginians—regardless of their personal beliefs—to uphold our statewide tradition of treating one another with dignity and respect.” Let's be civil and courteous regardless of our opinions on this issue.

  • PreacherMan

    Really? I do believe that God's wrath and judgement was nailed to the cross?? So, Is the Cross of the Lord of no effect?? Your comment is so wrong it isnt even funny. PLEASE for your own sake, learn the book you claim to love!!

  • Bob

    I would argue that Matthew 19 makes it pretty darn clear that Jesus was open and accepting of homosexuals.

    Actually, if you understand what you are reading, the Bible (and particularly the New Testament) are clearly in favor of same sex relationships.

  • Bob

    Yours is a pretty ignorant comment. Gay marriages are not a dysfunction. Research in the social sciences has long since proven that kids fair equally as well in same sex families as they do in heterosexual families.

    There is more dysfunction which can be attributed to socio-economic conditions. So to use your logic, should we stop allowing poor people to get married?

    Or did you not really believe in your logic and just thought it was something you could throw at the wall to see if it would stick?

  • Kate M.

    Answer the question. If a couple can't conceive the old fashioned way because one or both people have reproductive issues, or are beyond childbearing age, do you feel they shouldn't be able to legally marry?
    Your argument is weak and hollow.

  • Bob

    Absolutely not!

    West Virginia law was just deemed unconstitutional. That makes it no longer West Virginia law. So the bitter end came last week. There is nothing here to fight.

  • Bob

    No, your understanding of the 10th amendment has not been defended in years.

    The folks who are in this profession would clearly disagree with you.

  • Kate M.

    LOL!! Really, that made me laugh out loud. Best reply ever.

  • jschmoe

    We did not make it legal. The law got overturned by a judge.

  • Bob

    Absolutely not.

    The rights of other humans should never be voted on. I'm sure there were tons of people who thought we should put that slavery issue on the ballot.

    Women's suffrage?

    Interracial marriage?

    Sometimes, what right isn't popular.

  • Bob

    Marriage has NOT become whatever you want it to be. I think it is important to stomp down that lie whenever it is said. This is simply not true and arguing your point with blatant falsehoods will endear you to no one.

    That said, why not all of those things you said? Because the law clearly states "two consenting adults."

    That's where the slippery slope stops. This is really quite simple.

  • cb

    Yeah keep spending our money on something that they will never ever win.

  • Pete

    I have never been sure what all the hubbub was about. I don't really know why homosexuals needed the right to be married. Federal law. & most large companies have given significant others the same rights as married couples for years. Filing taxes, insurance & other benefits. Why the push to get the piece of paper from the court house. Now when you split you will be subject to divorce laws, splitting of assets & from what I've read today child custody issues. You all ready have protected status from the government I'm sure what else you could want. It seems that you push everyday to change the Christian base of our country. Jesus says love all & good Christians do. I have no issue with what you do & will love you the same today as yesterday. I just don't understand where you want this to stop. We all will answer individually to GOD for our actions. GOD BLESS ALL. GOD LOVES ALL.

  • Raging Moderate

    It's really not that difficult. The slippery slope stops with the words "two consenting adults". No animals, no children, no poligamy, no trees. Period. End of story.

  • cb

    I know, it is crazy, I blame it all on slaves...then women...and interracial marriage. I mean look at that slipper slope...Who has been treated fairly and given equal rights that upset you? You know every generation looking back will think we were silly to have ever had such a law preventing rights.

  • chew on this

    Now that we have our gay marriages EQUAL to straight marriages, we will now move on to secure other EQUAL rights and special treatment. Chew on that for a while.

  • EC

    It doesnt matter how you look at it still takes a male sperm and a female egg. Messing with the natural order of things only leads to extinction.

  • Ol Phard

    Appears the law of the land will now level the playing field. Next, allowing property rights for the affected. IRS to begin levying the 'marriage penalty'. Abundant other rights and responsibilities to be granted/levied also.

    If a Gay couple declines to wed, are they 'living in sin'?

  • Ron from Morgantown

    Not opposed, just being realistic .

  • VAEEER

    The downward spiral continues, as foretold, may God have mercy on this nation and it's people.

  • Gene

    Judge not lest ye be judged.

  • Ron from Morgantown

    More power to you , I'm not opposed . Live and let live .

  • Gene

    You clearly don't get out much.

  • Frank

    Honestly, whether you agree or disagree with same sex marriage, I knew this day would come. I figured, however, WV would be one of the LAST states to make it legal. I thought it might take a few years. Today, WV is 26th out of 50. Whether you like it or not at least this issue will no longer be a political football. I would guess, however, if the people of WV would take this to a vote this fall I would think 65-70% would vote AGAINST gay marriage. This is the Bible Belt. Just saying. I look for the rest of the 24 states to allow same sex marriage very soon.

  • Payge

    The word itself is manmade and you saying that marriage is between a man and a woman only makes you sound really ignorant. Marriage is between two people that love each other...just because you are miserable don't try to make others miserable...move on...other's lives have nothing to do with you.

  • Payge

    I just gotta say that you people sound really ridiculous!! And then there are the judgemental ones that think their poo don't stink...All you guys really are are bullies! You guys treat other people like they don't matter and that their life isn't worth anything. All of you people just need to sit down, shut up and keep your noses out of other people's business. What gives any of you the right to tell someone else that they aren't allowed to do something. That is like telling you snotty little gossip mongers that you aren't allowed to be with your significant other because people don't like to see you together. I don't think that any of you have the right to tell others what they are allowed to do and if you don't like it I'm sure there are other countries that would welcome you. The last time I checked this was a free country even though it doesn't seem that free to me anymore. We are all way too pc and it gets in the way of being happy. But I guess most of you aren't happy since you have to try to make others miserable. I was born and raised in WV and I for one am very proud of my homestate today. Well done!! Cheers!

  • Ron from Morgantown

    By this time next year I say less than 500 get certificates . That's a small number in a state with a population of 1.8 m

  • Ron from Morgantown

    It's over pending an amendment to the US constitution .

  • arp

    If marriage has become whatever you want it to be, "gotta make me happy," then why not polygamy? Polyandry? Or marrying children? Or your pet? Your sibling? Really, where does it stop?

  • arp

    Whatever happened to the 10th Amendment of the US Constitution? It seems someone has taken the scissors to it; hasn't been enforced in decades.

  • Doug Joseph

    Apparently since the SCOTUS declined to take up the pending appeals at this time, the WV AG has decided that continuing the fight is a lost cause. However, that is not accurate. SCOTUS could take up appeals at any time in the future on this matter, and continuing to defend our existing laws would be proper and just.

  • Sid

    You don't get out much, do you?

  • Ron from Morgantown

    State laws are a different thing though

  • a concerned educator

    There is NO valid research that states that children of gay couples live in dysfunctional homes, or that the children themselves are dysfunctional. Children need two loving parents. It doesn't matter what gender the parents are. As long as they provide a loving, nurturing home, the children will be lucky. Unfortunately, there are some heterosexual couples who do not provide this same level of parenting. I know because I work with those kids after their parents have created emotional trauma in their lives.

  • Payge

    I would rather see a child raised by a gay couple than a child raised by someone that abuses them or neglects them. You want to talk about dysfunction?! Take a look around!!!

  • Payge

    So you seem to think that you are a better person than a gay couple...Do you not realize that you have no right to judge anyone else? I think that God would have a bigger issue with you being as judgemental as you are.

  • Debra

    Congrats. Now get your marriage on.and for all those of you who are talking about gay couples not being able to procreate and that marriage between one man and one woman is God's word. marriage is a contract between two consenting adults.it can be in a church or not in a church. But that piece of paper is still the same regardless.my husband and I were not married in a church, but our marriage is recognized the same as those who were.we also were not able to procreate. So we did the next best thing. We made our wonderful child with the help of science.and his life is no less important in the life of your child conceived naturally.we as a society do not necessarily take everything the Bible says literally.if we did 13-year-old girls could be married and having children now. But society has moved on past that.we have decided that that is not acceptable. Well the majority of people in America have moved on and have decided that gay couples should be able to marry. It is a good day for West Virginia.

  • Payge

    Let me ask you something? Do you have a problem with two idiots getting married on television just so they can win some money? Or what about the people who get trashed one night and wake up married only to have it annulled? Why should it be ok for this behavior but not for 2 people who love each other (whether they are the same sex or not) to get married? It is not your place to judge anyone else...or should I have a stone ready for you? It sounds like the only problem here is you and the other narrow-minded people that think their lives are worth more than others and that look down on people that don't agree with them and don't conform to their perception as to what should be going on. And before you ask...no I am not gay or anything like that I just think everyone should be treated equally and not be singled out because of who they happen to love.

  • heterosexual

    Yea everyone says that it doesn't affect them. How about the innocent children that will be brought into the dysfunction???

  • Steve from Lost River

    I've been in a loving committed relationship with my husband since 1976. We've been married in DC since 2011, but each week when we travel to Lost River we were, in effect, "divorced" when we crossed over the state line. Now, Mr./Ms. Coal, please tell me in specific, precise terms just how my marriage being legal in WV affects you personally?

  • Doug Joseph

    Tell that to people who are being, and have already been, forced out of their own family-owned business by punitive fines because it is against their religious beliefs to celebrate (not just tolerate) so-called same-sex marriage. To redefine marriage to accommodate homosexual couples is neither needful, nor right, nor wise.

  • timebomb

    Yes Lord Tim's ready to go.

  • timebomb

    I hear the Middle East is a great place for you to move to at this time if you don't like it here...

  • Sid

    It's. A. Storybook.

  • Resident

    Think again Ron. Now all the politicans in the state can come out the closet. There are more than what you think. The hills are alive with gay Mountaineers. Most of them work at the state capital.

  • timebomb

    we are ready for you to go to. Pack some sun screen.

  • The bookman

    And???? Waiting 7 days or 1 reveals the same conclusion. It's time to move on. What is true now is true October 21st.

  • a concerned educator

    Do you feel the same way about married couples who are unable to conceive and ask a sperm donor to help them have a baby?

  • Smilin Sid

    You're welcome to leave and settle in a country more suitable for your backwards ideology, you know. I'd say you'd probably be pretty happy in Uganda, but you're probably a racist too.

  • timebomb

    you obviously never were worth it either.

  • Ron from Morgantown

    Ya they have every right to be as miserable as heterosexual couples

  • Smilin Sid

    Wait, I thought you all were also against polygamy? I'm so confused.

  • timebomb

    That wouldn't stop it, but it would be nice to see finally that straights would have to shut up about the sanctity of marriage that they scream is going to be destroyed. They already destroyed it so now it would be a good thing to see them repair it.

  • You shouldn't

    I can't think of a better reason for something to be illegal than it making you feel icky. You don't sound childish or entitled at all.

  • Ron from Morgantown

    I don't think gays are a protected class federally . It's up to the business owner . I can refuse to enter into an agreement financially with gays if I choose . It's not illegal .

  • Brad

    The apoplectic comments of some notwithstanding, the reality is that neither my life nor any other person's life will be affected when the first same sex marriage licenses are issued. I have yet to hear a valid argument as to why I should care about a same sex couple's marriage any more than I do about an opposite sex couple's marriage. As long as they are two consenting adults, it's their life.

  • timebomb

    Your description of gay marriage seems to fall back on you as human being. Maybe take time for some inner reflection and learn to be a better human being rather than acting like a stereotypical WV Hillbilly like so many others posting on here. Oh by the way GOD preaches love not hate. Maybe you can find sympathy with the Westboro Baptist church.

  • concerned

    Does anyone know if officiates who decline to marry such couples will then be sued as the cake baker in Colorado or the people in New York who own a farm that they rent for weddings? Both declined to do a cake or let their place be rented and both were taken to court.
    Just wondering?

  • timebomb

    It is the bitter end. Accept your losses and move on with your own life. The lives of these people have nothing to do with you so get over it.

  • steve

    It's Lot and his daughters not Lot and his sons.

  • Ron from Morgantown

    It's a one day story , I doubt many will take advantage of this because the numbers of gays In Wv are probably very small .

  • Don WV

    Really?

    CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A federal judge on Tuesday gave the defendants more time in their fight against the legalization of same-sex marriage in West Virginia.

    Lambda Legal, a national civil-rights group representing the three couples challenging West Virginia’s ban, had submitted a motion Monday afternoon asking the judge to lift the stay on the case and enter judgment. Earlier that day, the U.S. Supreme Court had refused to hear challenges to several court rulings that same-sex marriage bans are unconstitutional.

    But on Tuesday, U.S. District Judge Robert C. Chambers gave the defendants — two county clerks and the state attorney general — until Oct. 21 to respond to the plaintiffs’ motion filed Monday. The plaintiffs will have seven days to submit a reply after that.

  • Sid

    You were a bully in high school, weren't you buddy?

    Still kinda are, aren't you?

  • Martinsburg Resident

    Webster's man made definition to appease political correctness... like I said, progressive liberals can call it what they want, but it is not Marriage. Although I do understand many people now call right wrong & wrong right... our world is upside down in many aspects. Why don't we also call adultery marriage to make us all feel better? I think shoplifting should be redefined as a shopping spree, etc... call it what you & your progressive friends want... it's not Marriage... (I'll patiently wait for someone to bash the Bible & all the religious people now.....) It's not about religion, it is God's definition... Religion, after all, is Man Made... right? (waiting on the atheists to bash God now....) I'm not going to debate foolishness... you all are doing a good enough job yourselves. Have a great day!

  • Coal?

    Homosexual marriage is unnatural, wrong and incapable of natural procreation. It is abhorrent to moral society and to the people of the State of West Virginia. It is unfortunate that our elected leaders are not choosing to fight this. Refuse to issue the licenses to homosexual couples and then let those denied such licenses challenge it. At least we could put off what unfortunately may be the inevitable for a bit longer.

    Either way, this is tragic and revolting.

  • Sid

    Yeah, I can't think of a single time in human history where the whims of a tyrannical majority have subverted the democratic process to oppress a minority. Not. One. Single. Time.

  • Sid

    It's really telling of your character, Don, that with all the death, poverty, hunger, and other problems in this world, what really lights a fire under you is whether or not two people who love each other can marry each other. Go ahead and fight your fight, you petulant child.

  • The bookman

    He did defend the law, and continues to stand for the rule of law now. The mark of great leadership is to recognize your duty to the people and the oath you have sworn to uphold, even when it contrasts with your own belief or desire for self preservation.

    The law of this land now permits same sex marriage. What you support would be mob rule. I don't like it, but we must accept it and move on.

  • Don WV

    It is about West Virginia law! They should uphold OUR laws to the bitter end!

  • Chuck Anziulewicz

    DEAR RON:

    30 years ago most Americans were not aware of friends, family members, or co-workers who were Gay. Today most Americans ARE aware, and with that has come greatly increased acceptance and support. Gay individuals and couples are living their lives openly, with integrity, and demonstrating through example that they are just as valued in the community as anyone else. And you can't overestimate the role social networking like Facebook has played in this. Facebook has made the proverbial "closet" pretty much obsolete.

  • JL

    About time! People in this state needs real world culture exposure!

  • Sid

    Clean the spittle off your monitor and the drool off your keyboard, preacher. This is happening, and your imaginary friend doesn't care.

  • Don WV

    Oh..... I missed the part where Governor Tomblyn endorsed Patrick Morrisey's decision.
    So guess what....... I will do my best to make sure we will have a governor who will also uphold West Virginia's laws! I should bite my own tongue for saying this but, I might vote all Republican or third party nest election!

  • joeyjojo

    full court press by the media. News, TV, movies, music. All pushed for it.

  • Chuck Anziulewicz

    DEAR VOTER:

    Don't worry. I sure none of your Gay friends (assuming you have any) will be inviting you to their weddings, knowing how you feel. In fact, marriage equality for law-abiding, taxpaying Gay couples will have precisely ZERO impact on your life, your family, and your church.

  • Timothy Smith

    God help us!!! Likewise also as it was in the days of Lot... Even thus shall it be in the day when the Son of man is revealed... I'm ready to go to that golden shore, to live there while ages shall roll!!!

  • Ron from Morgantown

    I asked this question earlier and didn't get an answer . What was the tipping point when gay marriage became mainstream ? How did we get to today ?

  • Sid

    Good thing we don't decide laws based on fairy tales, isn't it?

  • Wirerowe

    Very well stated Bookman

  • Don WV

    I know who I will be campaigning against nest election cycle.......Patrick Morrisey!
    If Patrick Morrisey doesn't want to defend West Virginia law, we shall vote someone in office that will!

  • Chuck Anziulewicz

    Will wonders never cease?

  • Mongo 722

    If u want to stop gay marriage its simple, make divorce illegal. Will stop it cold.

  • Matthew

    Its an abomination to God . The his word says he's the same yesterday and today and forevermore. May God have mercy on our sin filled nation.

  • cb

    You know what makes me want to puke? People who judge other people. People who look passed all their sins to view the sins of others and judge them.

    So if a gay couple could live together and can now legally by state law get married. How does that have such an impact on you?

    Oh, maybe you are in a relationship and now you are going to have to get married because it is legal.....

    Seriously, this was easy to call years ago when we as a state were making sure we made it illegal to get married in our state. That was the stupidest move because it was obvious it was going to be overturned because it was unconstitutional.

  • Moco man

    Hi mom and dad......I'm getting married!!! Sorry you will never be able to have grand kids unless I am impregnated like a cow because I'm not made to get pregnant by someone of the same sex........but I do have a piece of paper!!!

  • cb

    Until you die and your partner has to pay fees they wouldnt have to pay because you arent legally married. Lets say you want health insurance and your partner had health insurance, to bad.

    People should just let people do what they want to do and focus on their sins. This decision did nothing to my heterosexual relationship with my wife and I. It messes with me in no way at all.

    If your church agrees to marry people and you disagree then deal with that, but marriage in the government eyes does not have to equal marriage in the churches eye.

  • Big D

    It's a sad, sad day for WV!!!!!

  • cb

    Yeah the doctors handing out all the pills, and the pill heads running around are really piling up....Oh you meant gay marriage, yeah this totally is filth... Hide yo kids hide yo wife gay people getting married up in here.......

  • a concerned educator

    Both the governor and AG earned a little more of my respect today, and I am not a supporter of either. However, I believe that they both realized that there was no way that this ruling could be challenged.

    This is just another step in the right direction towards equality for all people. Unfortunately, we still have a long way to go.

  • cb

    Why spend so much damn time worrying about marriage. Marriage is a man made word, take it up with your church if they are having ceremonies, but words tend to change with language.

    Take the word engineer, a janitor is now an environmental engineer. The world changes and so do the words.

    I say congrats to all the people who have been living together but can now have the same state and federal protections that my wife and I have. Silliness has went on to long, religiously its up to you, but legally this was a no win fight at all.

  • Tim

    Come quickly oh Lord.

  • Voter

    I really don't care what people do behind closed doors, but when they show these people on tv getting married it just turns my stomach. They all appear to be freaks. I don't want to see it and I don't want to be asked to join.

  • Married To A WOMEN

    USA going to Hell in a hen basket!

  • bluelinesupporter

    Brilliant retort!

    +1

  • Abbagoochie

    Political correct speech makes the truth a lie.

  • Tom

    Because civil unions didn't give them EQUALITY.

  • Dan

    Be a great time to be Gerbil salesman!

  • Sue

    Congratulations everyone! Many years of happiness.

  • Tom

    I'm with you, Bookman.

  • pocaguy

    They did this in several states and it only takes one judge to call it unconstitutional and they did. Like it or not the will of the people is irrelevant.

  • Wirerowe

    Class statements without political posturing from Governor Tomblin and Attorney General Morisey. Neither were same sex marriage proponents but the courts have spoken and they move forward.

  • Shepherdstown > Martinsburg

    While I understand your frustration...

    http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/marriage

  • TruthTeller

    These was passed because most politicians are gay!!! The people should get to vote not the gay politicians. What happen to WE THE PEOPLE?

  • wvu1150

    I believe this should be the peoples vote. I have no opinion either way, but this issue should be voted on by the people. We all know that politicians only want what's best for themselves. So but it on a ballot and let us West Virginias vote in it.

  • The bookman

    Ultimately, we live in a land that respects the rule of law. Kudos to both the Governor and the AG for appropriately discharging their duty to respect the process, and move on after the process has concluded.

    For the 30 states that fall under the Federal jurisdictions whose US circuits struck down the bans, the bitter end has arrived. The fight still rages in the other 20 states.

    In a state where only 1/4 of registered voters support same sex marriage, I would suggest both the AG and the Governor are demonstrating leadership, and they should be commended.

  • Dr Pill

    Looks like AG Patrick Morrisey doesn't want to be reelected in 2016. Giving up without a fight will NOT make him very popular in WV.

  • Rich

    +10

  • Rich

    I'll be glad to stand with you at the pearly gates and see whom God judges more harshly.

  • DeeDee

    I hear Iran is offering special honeymoon packages.

  • Martinsburg Resident

    In the Future: Hey I'm in love with another guy & he's in love with another girl & the other girl is in love with my sister & my sister is in love with my best friend's cousin's sister, who recently professed her love to my grandma... In keeping with our traditions of "Political Correctness", one marriage license should be issued. After all we changed the definition of marriage once, why shouldn't we just expand it some more? (Sarcasm)

    Marriage is between 1 man & 1 woman, period. Like I have stated before, create your own description/definition/word of same sex union, but it will never be marriage, regardless what our out of control, politically correct courts rule. If I woke up tomorrow and decided I was a dolphin & got some people to agree, that doesn't make me a dolphin... it would make me insane... I think society has reached this point...Political correctness & Insanity rules. For the record I could not care less what 2 consenting adults want to do to & with each other, just come up with your own definition instead of hijacking MARRIAGE! That would make too much sense... Main stream media repeats over & over that conservatives are the ones pushing lifestyle on others... Sure they do... LOL!

  • Abbagoochie

    The sewer grows wider and deeper as the sad state of west virginia is swallowed up by filth.

  • Cal

    Congratulations to all the soon to be married couples in WVa!

  • fred

    Makes me wanna puke....
    Sad day for WV

  • joeyjojo

    sickening. This country is no longer worth fighting for.

  • American not a subject

    Government has no business in marriage, period. Stop seeking it's approval for your personal business. Marriage is between the individuals and is a private matter.

  • TruthTeller

    SHAME!!!! SHAME!! SHAME!!! God wrath and judgement will be upon you now. How selfish and foolish you people are!!! Your state is doomed now!!!! FOOLS!!!!

  • Bitmapped

    @Silas: You probably also wonder why blacks couldn't have been happy with the back of the bus.

  • Moco man

    Should never quit fighting........should fight for what's right to the bitter end. Terrible leadership and a very sad day for what was at one time a proud state...........

  • Silas Lynch

    Maybe global warming and Muslim Jihad is GAWD'S punishment for it. Maybe we are the "Great Satan"

    I never understood why the gays couldn't be happy with civil unions.

  • Mr.P

    It's a sick society we live in.

  • Timothy N. Smith

    God help us!!! Likewise also as it was in the days of Lot... Even thus shall it be in the day when the Son of man is revealed... The bride of Christ is ready to go home!!!

  • george

    And the Dems do it again.....taking the State down and spiraling..............Dont believe in defending the rights of the unboern but believe its ok for 2 men to get married......pitifull...........

  • Matt Miller

    Glad that the AG and Gov are on board with just doing whats right and not continuing with a lawsuit that would have been only political posturing.

    Of course, based on what I have seen posted here by other readers, I guess its likely that the headline on Metronews on Wedneday will simply be "World Ends: Religious Folks Told You So."