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Court of Appeals Hears Same Sex Marriage Case

Yesterday, the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals heard a challenge to Judge Arenda Wright Allen’s February 14th decision, overturning the state’s ban on same sex marriage. Judge Allen ruled Virginia's ban on gay marriage was unconstitutional but stayed her order pending an appeal.

In a packed courtroom, attorneys argued the case before a randomly selected three-judge panel. Shortly after the proceedings, Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring, told reporters the 2006 law is discriminatory. The Constitution does not permit state laws to mark committed relationships between same sex couples as deficient or inferior. As we have said repeatedly throughout this case, the issue is not the right to gay marriage, or the right to straight marriage, it is the right to marriage and all the responsibilities that come with it.”

A decision is expected in the next three months. Both sides are expected to appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court should they lose.