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.

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