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Judge strikes down Virginia's ban on marriage equality in the state

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U.S. District Judge Allen issued a ruling striking down the state of Virginia's ban on marriage equality among gays and lesbians in that state. Like Oklahoma and Utah though (also states where federal judges overturned similar bans) the ruling is being stayed, or put on hold, pending appeal.

Just a couple of days ago, a different federal judge upheld the Kentucky ban on marriages performed in that state, but ruled that the state must recognize same sex marriages from other states.

This is all starting to resemble an eventual showdown with the U.S. Supreme Court. Will 2014 or 2015 see a new Loving v. Virginia case? That case in 1967, was the one that struck down all the existing bans on interracial marriages that existed in the U.S.

Congrats to the gays and lesbians in the state of Virginia, and those with the courage to fight these cases in the courts.

Also thanks to the Human Rights Campaign, the strongest and most potent of all the gay rights organizations in the U.S. Another good organization fighting for marriage equality is the National Organization for Lesbian Rights.



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