Federal Judge declares Virginia's Ban on Same-Sex Marriage UNconstitutional!
A federal judge ruled Thursday that Virginia's ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional, making it the first state in the South to have its voter-approved prohibition overturned.
U.S. District Judge Arenda Wright Allen issued a stay of her order while it is appealed, meaning that gay couples in Virginia will still not be able to marry until the case is ultimately resolved. Both sides believe the case won't be settled until the Supreme Court decides to hear it or one like it.
"The Court is compelled to conclude that Virginia's Marriage Laws unconstitutionally deny Virginia's gay and lesbian citizens the fundamental freedom to choose to marry,'' Allen wrote in her opinion, according to Reuters.
Allen's ruling makes Virginia the second state in the South to issue a ruling recognizing the legality of gay marriages.