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Virginia just became the latest state to have its same-sex marriage ban ruled unconstitutional by a federal judge.

The state's attorney general Mark Herring happily announced the news on his Twitter account:

here, but here's the key phrase:

The Court is compelled to conclude that Virginia's Marriage Laws unconstitutionally deny Virginia's gay and lesbian citizens the fundamental freedom to choose to marry.

Justice has often been forged from fires of indignities and prejudices suffered. Our triumphs that celebrate the freedom of choice are hallowed. We have arrived upon another moment in history when We the People becomes more inclusive, and our freedom more perfect.

Make no mistake, Judge Arenda L. Wright Allen thinks laws banning same-sex marriage are unfair and discriminatory.

Virginia's gay couples can't get married just yet, though. As Herring said, the ruling has been stayed pending appeal. This is the case in several states right now, including Utah and Oklahoma. Those states' appeals are being heard in April. Just yesterday, a federal judge ruled against part of Kentucky's same-sex marriage ban, ordering the state to recognize same-sex marriages from out of state.


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