Marriage has been permanently legalized in Virginia, and same-sex couples are now free to wed. Two nearby states have also embraced marriage equality.
The state's top officials announced today that they won't defend West Virginia's ban on marriage equality, while two West Virginia counties are ready to issue licenses to same-sex couples immediately.
The issue is now clearly back in the political arena, but Republicans seem to want to avoid it.
Three marriage equality cases are currently awaiting review by the U.S. Supreme Court. But there are several more making a beeline for the nation's highest court.
The ex-governor of Virginia who once piously campaigned against marriage equality now finds his own marriage on trial.
For Supreme Court-watchers hoping to see a definitive verdict on marriage equality nationwide, it's time to hurry up and wait.
It's rare that the winning parties in a case will ask for a review of their victories, but that's exactly what's happening in the three leading states with marriage equality cases.
An appeals court has refused to delay its decision striking down the state's same-sex marriage ban — but the Supreme Court could still intervene.