The West Virginia Attorney General announced today that his office will no longer fight a court challenge to West Virginia’s ban on same-sex marriages. West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey issued a statement Thursday that his office “will respect” the recent U.S. Supreme Court declining to review the 4th Circuit Court’s ruling in July striking down Virginia’s ban on same-sex marriages.
U.S. District Judge Robert Chambers in Huntington had previously put West Virginia’s case on hold. On Tuesday, Chamber ordered the state and clerks in Kanawha and Cabell counties to respond to a motion by plaintiffs by Oct. 21.
West Virginia’s Governor Earl Ray Tomblin added:
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.