Federal judge in West Virginia delays ruling on challenge to same-sex marriage ban


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HUNTINGTON, West Virginia — A federal judge in West Virginia has delayed ruling on a lawsuit challenging the state's same-sex marriage ban.

U.S. District Judge Robert Chambers in Huntington says due to the "overlap of issues" presented in the West Virginia case and a similar one in Virginia, he put the case on hold this week pending a decision by the U.S. Supreme Court.

In August the Supreme Court delayed a decision by the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond, Virginia, that struck down that state's gay marriage ban.

A number of similar rulings around the country have been put on hold while appeals are pursued.

The West Virginia lawsuit was filed on behalf of three same-sex couples and the child of one couple.

The Supreme Court returns from recess in October.

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