Virginia marriage records released as gay activists fight to overturn same-sex marriage

By JEFFREY STRAUSAssociated PressWASHINGTON (AP) A collection of nearly 5,000 marriage licenses from Virginia and other states that were issued in recent years is up for auction in a bid to stop opponents of marriage from selling the documents online.

A Virginia Superior Court judge on Friday rejected the bid from the state’s largest gay marriage advocacy group and two of its top attorneys.

The groups’ attorneys argued that the state has no authority to issue marriage licenses, which would violate federal law barring same-gender couples from marrying.

A judge dismissed their case last week.

In the ruling, Superior Court Judge James O. Riggs said the State has the authority to determine the validity of a marriage license, but the plaintiffs have not demonstrated that they have shown they will use the authority.

Riggs also said the plaintiffs failed to show that they were likely to use the state authority.

The legal battle over the marriage licenses was the first major legal challenge to President Donald Trump’s executive order that bars federal agencies from recognizing same- gender marriages and prevents the federal government from enforcing the U.S. Constitution.

Riggers ruled that the plaintiffs did not have standing to challenge the order because they were not legally married to each other or have children together.

The case will now go to a U.C. Berkeley judge, who will make a ruling about the licenses in a few weeks.

‘I think it’s an opportunity’: Trump to sign bill that would legalize same-sex marriage

President Donald Trump is set to sign a measure legalizing same-day marriages and a virtual marriage certificate on Friday, with Vice President Mike Pence expected to announce it later in the day.

Trump is expected to sign the bill, which will allow same-gender couples to legally marry in about a month.

The move comes as lawmakers grapple with the impact of a landmark Supreme Court ruling in which same-gendered couples can marry.

It also comes amid growing concern about the growing number of same-age marriages in the country.

Trump, a Republican, is expected on Friday to sign legislation allowing states to begin issuing same-person marriage licenses.

The measure will give same-year couples the right to marry and the ability to legally share a life partner.

The White House and some Democrats have said the measure will provide greater protection for same-couple couples, while others have questioned whether the bill will address the issue of same sex couples living together.

“We are not going to see any changes in marriage law until we get a Supreme Court decision that is as clear as possible as to what the law is, what is fair, and what is not,” said Democratic Sen. Patrick Leahy of Vermont.

The Senate Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing Friday morning on a proposal to legalize same sex marriage.

The bill, known as S.1748, is sponsored by Democratic Sen, Patrick Leahier of Vermont, and Democratic Sens.

Kirsten Gillibrand of New York and Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island.

The legislation would allow same sex marriages to begin in the states of Maryland, New Jersey, Vermont, Maine, Delaware, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Wisconsin, Ohio and the District of Columbia.

The bill would also allow same time same-sales for same sex married couples in Virginia, Arizona, California, New Mexico, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Nevada, Utah and Wyoming.

It is the latest move in a string of controversial issues for Trump, who has often been criticized for his lack of support for gay rights.

In December, Trump said he would not support the Defense of Marriage Act, a 1996 law banning federal recognition of same gender marriages.

But his administration has sought to tamp down those criticisms, saying Trump is supportive of the LGBT community and opposes discrimination against them.

In a statement Thursday, the White House said Trump will sign the legislation into law.

The president has been outspoken on gay rights, including supporting marriage equality for same gender couples.

In the past, the president has criticized the Supreme Court for its ruling striking down key parts of the Defense for Marriage Act.

Trump has called the ruling a “big, fat lie.”