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Virginia gay-marriage ban ruled unconstitutional by U.S. appeals court
Virginia gay-marriage ban ruled unconstitutional by U.S. appeals court

In a closely watched case, a federal appeals court has ruled that Virginia's ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional, the second appellate circuit to recently rule on an issue that is probably heading to the U.S. Supreme Court. The decision, handed down on Monday by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit in Richmond, Va. is the first such ruling from a federal appeals court in the South, generally regarded as more conservative than the rest of the nation. Nineteen states and the District of Columbia have legalized same-sex marriage, though the issue is pending in courts in every state in the country. The ruling is also the latest in a string of more than two dozen...

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