Same-sex marriages in West Virginia became lawful after the governor and the state's attorney general declined to continue defending the state's ban on same-sex marriage. The announcement followed the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision not to review a ruling by the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals affirming the unconstitutionality of a state law banning same-sex marriage. A federal district court in West Virginia subsequently ruled that West Virginia’s ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional (McGee v. Cole, No. 3:13-24068 (S.D.W.Va. 2014)).
Reciprocity. Same-sex and opposite-sex marriages legally performed in other jurisdictions are recognized as legal marriages in West Virginia.
The U.S. Supreme Court issued a decision in June 2015 legalizing same-sex marriage in all states and requiring all states to recognize same-sex marriages legally performed in other jurisdictions (Obergefell v. Hodges, No. 14-556 (6/26/15)).