February 13

Va.: Ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional

U.S. District Judge Arenda L. Wright Allen’s decision Thursday makes Virginia the second state in the South to have a ban on gay marriages overturned.

By Brock Vergakis
The Associated Press

NORFOLK, Va. – A federal judge has ruled that Virginia’s ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional.

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This courtroom sketch shows U.S. District Judge Arenda L. Wright Allen, top center, as she presides over a hearing on Virginia's ban on gay marriage in Norfolk, Va., Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014. Attorneys for the plaintiffs, David Boies, third from left, and Ted Olson, standing left, presented the case as Virginia Solicitor General Stuart Raphael, standing right, presented for the state as Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring, second from right middle, listened. Plaintiffs Tony Shuttleworth, front fourth from right, Tim Bostic, third from right, Mary Towney, second from right and Carol Schall, right, also listen to the proceedings. (The Associated Press)

The Associated Press

U.S. District Judge Arenda L. Wright Allen’s decision Thursday makes Virginia the second state in the South to have a ban on gay marriages overturned. It comes the day after a similar ruling in Kentucky and following similar rulings in federal courts in Utah and Oklahoma.

Wright stayed her decision until an appeals court rules, meaning that gay couples will not be able to marry in the state immediately.

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