Virginia Lifts State Ban on Gay Marriage

Virginia’s ban on gay marriage was ruled unconstitutional on February 13 by District Judge Arenda Wright Allen.

Judge Allen ruled that the ban passed by Virginia voters in 2006 was unconstitutional, denying gay and lesbian couples their 14th Amendment rights of due process and equal protection. The judge took supreme court precedent into consideration, stating, “Government interests in perpetuating traditions, shielding state matters from federal interference, and favoring one model of parenting over others must yield to this country’s cherished protections that ensure the exercise of the private choices of the individual citizen regarding love and family.”

Virginia is now the 18th state to allow gay marriage.

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