West Virginia's attorney general said Thursday he will seek to end all litigation surrounding the state's ban on same-sex marriage, effectively clearing a path for gay and lesbian couples to get married there.
Atty. Gen. Patrick Morrisey said in a statement that he will "respect" the U.S. Supreme Court's decision earlier this week not to hear appeals on lower-court decisions that overturned same-sex marriage bans in other states -- including one from the U.S. 4th Circuit Court of Appeals, which ruled in a Virginia case but whose jurisdiction includes West Virginia.
"The American people clearly want equality to prevail, and the attorney general is making sure that's what happens," Gabriel Blau, executive director for the Family Equality Council, told the Los Angeles Times. "He's ensuring that more Americans have access to the protections that marriage provides. It's a win for the state and a win for the citizens."
Staff writer David Lauter contributed to this report.