Federal Judge Rules Virginia Gay Marriage Ban Unconstitutional
A federal judge ruled that Virginia's ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional, the state's attorney general announced late Thursday night. The ruling said that the law infringed upon rights guaranteed under the Fourteenth Amendment. "We have arrived upon another moment in history when We the People becomes more inclusive, and our freedom more perfect,” the judge wrote. The Marshall-Newton Amendment was passed by 57 percent of voters in 2006. The judge's ruling was immediately stayed pending appeal.