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Virginia gay marriage ban is unconstitutional, federal court rules
Virginia gay marriage ban is unconstitutional, federal court rules

Virginia’s ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional, a federal appellate court ruled Monday, becoming the second appellate circuit to rule on an issue almost certainly headed for the U.S. Supreme Court. A panel of the U.S. 4th Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond, Va., struck down the ban, 2 to 1. It was the first such ruling from a federal appeals court in the South, generally regarded as more conservative than the rest of the nation. Same-sex marriage is legal in 19 states and the District of Columbia, and every remaining state ban faces a court challenge. Virginia is expected to seek a stay pending an appeal. It could ask for a review from the full appellate court or go...

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