SALEM, Va. -

Will same sex marriages begin in Virginia on Thursday morning? Or will Chief Justice John Roberts issue a stay?

That question still has no answer.

And the court clerks who issue marriage licenses in Virginia are waiting with the rest of us to find out.

Thursday morning at 8 is the earliest we could expect same-sex marriages to begin in Virginia.

The Chief Justice is considering a stay, which would prevent gay marriage in Virginia until the Supreme Court of the United States has the final say.

So where does that leave the circuit court clerks who issue marriage licenses?

Clerks tell us they will not be accepting or processing marriage license applications from same-sex couples until they receive specific authorization from the Virginia Supreme Court.

Late Tuesday afternoon, clerks did receive notice that updated forms will be available on Thursday morning if they are needed.