Talking Points Memo says the decision is merely procedural and no reflection on the merits, but it is nonetheless not a happy sign that the U.S. Supreme Court has put a halt to enforcement of a 4th Circuit Court of Appeals ruling striking down the ban on same-sex marriage in Virginia. 

Chief Justice John Roberts referred the request for a stay to the full court, which granted a request. The court is expected to take up the issue from one of several jurisdictions, perhaps next year.


Roberts’ order says the stay will dissolve if the Supreme Court decides not to hear an appeal of the 4th Circuit ruling.