Appeals Court Says Same-Sex Marriage Ban Unconstitutional


There are no places for a bigot to call home, anymore, when it comes to stopping same-sex marriage.

A federal appeals court ruled Monday that Virginia’s ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional.   The 2-1 ruling from the 4th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals upheld a district court judge’s ruling in February striking down the state’s prohibition on issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

The Richmond, Va.-based 4th Circuit now joins the Denver-based 10th Circuit, which earlier this month struck down a similar ban in Oklahoma.

“We recognize that same-sex marriage makes some people deeply uncomfortable,” said Judge Henry Floyd, originally appointed a district judge by George W. Bush and elevated to the circuit court by President Obama. “However, inertia and apprehension are not legitimate bases for denying same-sex couples due process and equal protection of the laws.”

“The choice of whether and whom to marry is an intensely personal decision that alters the course of an individual’s life. Denying same-sex couples this choice prohibits them from participating fully in our society.”

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