Washington, Feb. 14 (Reuters): A federal judge struck down Virginia’s ban on same-sex marriage as unconstitutional late yesterday.
The ruling by US district court judge Arenda Wright Allen in Norfolk, Virginia, added momentum to growing acceptance of gay marriage in the US.
Allen said Virginia’s constitutional ban on same-sex marriage violated the right to due process and equal protection of the law under the US Constitution. However, she stayed execution of her order striking down the ban. “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,” Allen, a judge in the US district court, said.