What was supposed to be a historic day in Virginia has now turned into another road block for some couples.
The Supreme Court said on Wednesday that it is delaying the start of same-sex marriage in Virginia.
A number of couples were planning on heading to the courthouse Thursday morning to get a marriage license, but that has all changed.
"I was disappointed for the people, the couples I've been working with who have been looking forward to this historic moment tomorrow as a way of celebrating their loving relationships,” said Reverend Joe Cobb with the Metropolitan Community Church of the Blue Ridge.
For now, that celebration will be put on hold.
The court granted a request from a county clerk in northern Virginia to block same-sex marriages across the state while the issue is being appealed.
The news came as a relief to Pastor Mark Graham of St. John Lutheran Church in Roanoke.
"I think for the sake of children, for the sake of society and a Christian of course, for the sake of obeying what God's plan for humanity is I am grateful to hear in Virginia there is a ban and will be praying that the Supreme Court will allow such bans to continue,” said Graham.
The Supreme Court provided no explanation for its order, but it has not slowed down the effort to support same sex couples here in Roanoke, according to Cobb.
"I think the tide is turning in Roanoke,” he said. “I think if we were to have a public vote it would pass."
But it's up to the Supreme Court to make the final call and it's a decision that Graham said could affect future generations.
"It's not that we are anti-gay people,” said Graham. “We're for what's best for all people, according to God's word especially for children."
The fight is far from over, but supporters in the Roanoke Valley feel it's only a matter of time before all Virginians will have the chance to wed.
"It's kind of motivating,” said Cobb. “Motivating in the way that these kinds of moments, it's a step along the way, it's a step toward justice and each step is another source of momentum to get to the point where we can truly celebrate."
Cobb will be on the courthouse steps in downtown Roanoke at 8 a.m. He said he wants to honor the couples that were going to stand in line to get marriage licenses. He also wants to thank the people that have been working so hard to get to this point.