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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - The plaintiffs in a court case challenging Virginia's same-sex marriage ban have asked a federal appeals court not to stay its ruling striking down the law.

Last week, a county court clerk in northern Virginia sought to delay the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals' ruling while it is appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court. That 2-1 ruling upheld the decision by a lower district court in Norfolk. The appellate court ruling applies throughout the circuit that also includes West Virginia, Maryland, and the Carolinas.

In a filing Monday, attorneys for the two couples challenging Virginia's ban wrote that allowing the immediate enforcement of the district court's injunction would not result in any irreparable injury to the Prince William County clerk, the state of Virginia or the public interest.

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