Supreme Court puts same-sex marriage on hold in Virginia
Cheryl Taylor and Jennifer Smith hold hands as they arrive for the Grand Pride Wedding, a mass gay wedding at Casa Loma in Toronto, Canada, on June 26, 2014 [AFP]

By Lawrence Hurley

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday prevented gay marriage in Virginia from going into effect by blocking an appeals court ruling that struck down the state’s ban.

The court granted a stay application filed by gay marriage opponents who said a July 28 ruling by the Richmond, Virginia-based 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals should not be implemented while litigation continues.

(Reporting by Lawrence Hurley; Editing by Kevin Drawbaugh and Chizu Nomiyama)

The court's decision can be read in full below.

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