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.