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Federal judge rules Virginia’s ban on gay marriage unconstitutional

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A federal judge ruled on Feb. 13, 2014 that Virginia’s ban on gay marriage is unconstitutional, according to NBC Washington.

The order was released at approximately 10 p.m. Thursday night and states, “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.”

The ruling found that such laws deny due process and equal protection, which is “guaranteed under the Fourteenth Amendment of the United States Consitution,” NBC reports.

According to BuzzFeed, Virginia Atty. Gen. Mark Herring filed papers challenging the amendment that banned gay marriage.

Following tonight’s ruling, Human Rights Campaign President Chad Griffin said, “Yet another court has upheld the fundamental idea that gay and lesbian Americans are entitled to full equality under the law,” BuzzFeed reports.

He added, “…this commonwealth brings renewed hope for an end to irrational barriers to marriage for loving and committed couples across the country

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