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posted Friday, February 14 2014 - Volume 42 Issue 07
Virginia federal district judge rules Virginia's ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional
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Virginia federal district judge rules Virginia's ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional

On Thursday, February 13, Federal District Judge Arenda L. Wright ruled that Virginia's ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional.

She said:



Almost one hundred and fifty four years ago, as Abraham Lincoln approached the cataclysmic rending of our nation over a struggle for other freedoms, a rending that would take his life and the lives of hundreds of thousands of others, he wrote these words: 'It can not have failed to strike you that these men are for just & the same thing - fairness, and fairness only. This, so far as in my power, they, and all others, shall have.'

The men and women, and the children too, whose voices join in noble harmony with Plaintiffs today, also ask for fairness and fairness only. This, so far as it is in this Court's power, they and all others shall have.



ORDER
The Court finds Va. Const. Art. I, 15-A, Va. Code 20-45.2, 20-45.3, and any other Virginia law that bars same-sex marriage or prohibits Virginia's recognition of lawful same-sex marriages from other jurisdictions unconstitutional. These laws deny Plaintiffs their rights to due process and equal protection under the Fourteenth Amendment of the United States Constitution.

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