Upholding a February 2014 ruling, a federal appeals court agreed today that Virginia’s ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional!
We recognize that same-sex marriage makes some people deeply uncomfortable. However, inertia and apprehension are not legitimate bases for denying same-sex couples due process and equal protection of the laws. -Judge Henry Floyd
This decision sets a precedent for the entire 4th Circuit, which also includes West Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Maryland, which already has marriage equality.
Woohoo! A federal judge just ruled that Arizona’s ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional! The judge refused to issue a stay, so unless the state appeals the ruling, couples should be able to marry SOON :-)
The measure is the culmination of more than two decades of debate in the state, where two women in 1990 famously applied for a marriage license, touching off a court battle and eventual national discussion on gay marriage. The case led to Congress passing the Defense of Marriage Act in 1996, part of which was struck down earlier this year by the U.S. Supreme Court. The decision that legally married same-sex couples could qualify for federal benefits led Abercrombie to call the special session in Hawaii.