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Judge: Va. same-sex marriage ban unconstitutional

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A federal judge has ruled that Virginia’s ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional.

US District Judge Arenda L. Wright Allen’s decision Thursday makes Virginia the second state in the South to issue a ruling recognizing the legality of gay marriages.

A judge in Kentucky ruled Wednesday that the state must recognize same-sex marriages performed in other states. It did not rule on the constitutionality of same-sex marriages inside the state, however. The Virginia judge’s ruling also follows similar decisions in Utah and Oklahoma federal courts.

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