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SCOTUS same-sex marriage won’t change much in Virginia

Posted at 8:30 PM, Jun 26, 2015
and last updated 2015-06-26 20:30:12-04

RICHMOND, Va.  -- Shirley Lesser and India Lipton, like many others, are talking about Friday's landmark decision by the Supreme Court to legalize same-sex marriage in 50 states.

"Now it's not this big forbidden thing, it's the law," said Lipton.

The two got their marriage license when same-sex marriage became legal in Virginia last year.

But with their three-year-old son, the couple said Friday's ruling has a special meaning.

"Because Dylan is medically complicated," said Lesser, "We literally up until today have had to think about if we wanted to move if we wanted to just travel where we're traveling, how much issue would we have in the state."

So, what does Friday's ruling mean for Virginia?

"The supreme Court's ruling basically ratified what the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals did in regards to the Commonwealth of Virginia," said Dr. John Aughenbaugh, a Political Science professor at VCU.

Dr. Aughenbaugh said in terms of state policy, not too much will change.

However, he said there could be talks regarding protecting religious organizations and theFirst Amendment.

Still, both India and Shirley said there's still work to be done.

"So while we celebrate today, tomorrow we go back to letting people know that LGBT people are the same, equal," said Lesser.