Virginia’s same-sex marriage ban was recently deemed unconstitutional by a federal appeals court, in a decision that could overturn similar prohibitions in the Carolinas and West Virginia.
According to Associated Press, the judges at the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond, VA, ruled 2-1 that the American state’s ban against same-sex marriage, and denying recognition of such unions in other U.S. states, violate the American Constitution. Judge Henry F. Floyd said that the state’s current legislation “impermissibly infringe[s] on its citizens’ fundamental right to marry.”
“I am proud that the Commonwealth of Virginia is leading on one of the most important civil rights issues of our day,” said Virginia’s Attorney General, Mark Herring. “We are fighting for the right of loving, committed couples to enter the bonds of marriage.”
“Marriage is one of the most fundamental rights – if not the most fundamental right – of all Americans,” plaintiffs’ attorney David Boies said in a statement. “This court has affirmed that our plaintiffs – and all gay and lesbian Virginians – no longer have to live as second-class citizens who are harmed and demeaned every day.”
To read the court’s findings, click here.