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As a Valentine's Day present for all Virginians, Attorney General Mark Herring announced that the Eastern District of Virginia had declared that Virginia's ban on gay marriage has been declared unconstitutional, stayed pending further action by the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Virginia becomes the first state in the South to strike down a ban on gay marriage and proves that the equal marriage is on the march throughout the country. On a personal note, it makes me happy as a citizen of Virginia to know that we struck down our gay marriage ban before the Supreme Court rules that all such bans across the country are unconstitutional.

7:23 PM PT: Update: The full text of the opinion can be found at http://www.scribd.com/... . As @waldojaquith says, its not just a win, its a rout.

Originally posted to benuski on Thu Feb 13, 2014 at 07:14 PM PST.

Also republished by Kossacks for Marriage Equality, Good News, and Virginia Kos.

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