NVDaily update: Supreme Court extends same-sex marriage nationwide

Carlos McKnigh,t of Washington, waves a flag in support of gay marriage outside of the Supreme Court on Friday. AP

Carlos McKnigh,t of Washington, waves a flag in support of gay marriage outside of the Supreme Court on Friday. AP

WASHINGTON (AP)  — The Supreme Court declared Friday that same-sex couples have a right to marry anywhere in the United States.

Gay and lesbian couples already could marry in 36 states and the District of Columbia. The court’s 5-4 ruling means the remaining 14 states, in the South and Midwest, will have to stop enforcing their bans on same-sex marriage.

The outcome is the culmination of two decades of Supreme Court litigation over marriage, and gay rights generally.

Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote the majority opinion, just as he did in the court’s previous three major gay rights cases dating back to 1996. It came on the anniversary of two of those earlier decisions.

“No union is more profound than marriage,” Kennedy wrote, joined by the court’s four more liberal justices.

The four dissenting justices each filed a separate opinion explaining their views, but they agreed that states and their voters should have been left with the power to decide who can marry.

President Barack Obama welcomed the decision via Twitter, calling it “a big step in our march toward equality.”

I-66 crashes sends three to hospital

Two separate crashes near mile marker 11 on Interstate 66 sent three people to the hospital and caused traffic delays for more than three hours Thursday evening.

State Police Sgt. F.L. “Les” Tyler noted that the first crash occurred around 8:20 p.m. when a tractor trailer traveling eastbound on I-66 lost control.

“The vehicle then went off into the median, struck a guardrail and then jackknifed in the median,” Tyler said.

The driver of the truck, Abu K. Streeter, 40, was transported to the hospital and, based on Trooper T.E. Jefferson’s investigation, has been charged with reckless driving, Tyler said.

Tyler said that the second crash, which happened shortly following the first, occurred when a 2009 International tractor-trailer struck three vehicles that were stopped.

Two drivers from those vehicles — Austin D. Cucciardao, 20, of Strasburg, and Terry J. Shotwell, 44, of Manassas, were transported to the hospital

Tyler noted that no charges have been filed for the second incident and that it is still under investigation by State Police.

Three area teens elected to state FFA

STRASBURG – Three recent high school graduates from around the area have been elected Virginia State FFA officers for the 2015-16 year.

Elected at a Thursday morning ceremony during the 89th state convention at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Cailin Orgen, of Stephens City, John-Robert Helsley, of Edinburg, and Bethany Gochenour, of Lebanon Church, were chosen to serve alongside five other Virginia teens.

Orgen will be vice president, Helsley sentinel and Gochenour reporter. All are 18.

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