Federal judge strikes down VA’s ban on same-gender marriage

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    Late Thursday night, 13 Feb:

    A federal judge ruled the state of Virginia’s ban on gay marriage unconstitutional, Attorney General Mark Herring announced via his Twitter account on Thursday.

    *ALERT* Equality marches forward in VA: Federal judge declares state’s same-sex marriage ban unconstitutional. Issues stay pending appeal.

    https://twitter.com/AGMarkHerr…

    I may be wrong about this but I think there is some kind of injunction in place that will keep the ban in place as appeals to this decision are heard.  Still, this is good news.

    If you have any Republican friends, don’t stand to close to them in case their heads explode!!

    Quotes from the ruling below.

    http://legaltimes.typepad.com/…

    “We have arrived upon another moment in history when We the People becomes more inclusive, and our freedom more perfect.”

    “VA’s Marriage Laws unconstitutionally deny VA’s gay and lesbian citizens the fundamental freedom to choose to marry.”

    “VA law that bars same-sex marriage or prohibits VA’s recognition of lawful same-sex marriages from other jurisdictions unconstitutional.”

    “Laws deny Plaintiffs their rights to due process & equal protection guaranteed under the 14th Amendment of US Constitution.”

    “Court stays execution of this injunction pending the final disposition of any appeal to the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals.”