Va.’s Gay-Marriage Ban Struck Down As Unconstitutional

Law360, Los Angeles (February 14, 2014, 10:36 PM EST) -- A Virginia federal judge on Thursday ruled that the state's same-sex marriage ban is unconstitutional, finding that the voter-approved law does not serve a legitimate state interest.

U.S. District Judge Arenda L. Wright Allen said Virginia's ban singles out same-sex couples and thereby violates their due process and equal protection rights under the Fourteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. The judge stayed execution of an injunction blocking the Virginia Marriage Amendment and prior laws pending the disposition of an expected appeal to the Fourth Circuit....
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