Same-Sex Marriages Begin in Va. after Supreme Court Ruling

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Same-sex marriages in Virginia have officially begun in the wake of the Supreme Court's refusal to enter the fray, as previous rulings by lower courts prohibiting bans were upheld Monday for Virginia and 10 other states.

The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, which has appellate jurisdiction over Virginia, struck down the state's same-sex marriage ban in July as unconstitutional.

Gov. Terry McAuliffe and Attorney General Mark R. Herring described the Supreme Court ruling as "momentous." The state joins 29 others that have legalized same-sex marriage.

"You're the first in line for Richmond," Clerk of Court Edward Jewett told Nicole Pries, 42, and Lindsey Oliver, 30, of Richmond who were married shortly after outside the John Marshall Courts Building. As the couple was being united in matrimony, similar scenarios took place in Arlington County, Charlottesville and several other cities in Virginia.