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Appeals Court: Virginia Gay Marriage Ban Unconstitutional

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A federal appeals court affirmed a judge’s ruling that Virginia’s ban on gay marriage is unconstitutional, extending a series of court victories from coast to coast for supporters of same-sex unions.

“The choice of whether and whom to marry is an intensely personal decision that alters the course of an individual’s life,” a 2-1 majority of circuit judges held. “Denying same- sex couples this choice prohibits them from participating fully in our society, which is precisely the type of segregation that the Fourteenth Amendment cannot countenance.”

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A federal appeals court affirmed a judge's ruling that Virginia's ban on gay marriage is unconstitutional, extending a series of court victories from coast to coast for supporters of same-sex unions."The choice of whether and whom to marry is an intensely personal decision...
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