Federal Judge Strikes Down Virginia’s Ban on Homosexual ‘Marriage’

lawyerNORFOLK, Va. – A federal judge struck down Virginia’s ban on homosexual ‘marriage’ late Thursday as being unconstitutional, stating that it deprived those engaging in the homosexual lifestyle the “fundamental freedom to choose to marry.”

U.S. District Court Judge Arenda Wright Allen in Norfolk, Virginia cited in her 41-page opinion that the state’s ban on same-sex marriage violated the right to due process and equal protection afforded under the U.S. Constitution. However, Allen stayed the execution of her order pending appeal.

Allen, a judge in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, wrote in her opinion that “[t]he 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.”

“Government interests in perpetuating traditions, shielding state matters from federal interference, and favoring one model of parenting over others must yield to this country’s cherished protections that ensure the exercise of the private choices of the individual citizen regarding love and family,” Allen also asserted in her decision.

Allen’s ruling makes Virginia the second state in the South to issue similar decisions. Seventeen states plus the District of Columbia recognize homosexual “marriages,” including eight states where it became legal in 2013. Thirty-three states ban homosexuals from engaging in such conduct by constitutional amendment.

On Wednesday, a judge in Kentucky ruled that the state must recognize same-sex “marriages” performed in other states, but did not rule on the constitutionality of such “marriages” conducted inside the state.

Allen’s ruling also follows similar decisions in Utah and Oklahoma federal courts.

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Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring, who stated last month he would not defend the state’s ban on homosexual “marriage,” applauded the ruling in a statement stating that “is the latest step in a journey towards equality for all Virginians, no matter who they are or whom they love.”

Nationwide, there are more than a dozen federal lawsuits seeking to strike down state bans on homosexual “marriage”.

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  • Hugh1

    Linking Christianity and anti-gay attitudes is a fools errand. At one extreme, there is the mayor of Sochi (Olympic Games) claiming there are no gay people in town. It makes the man appear ignorant. And there is Russia’s Putin, “Just leave the children in peace.” Just give the world a break, please. Then there is Iran’s former president, Ahmadinejad, claiming there were no gays in Iran. His US college audience actually laughed at him. False claims often have an inverse relationship to the intended one. In actuality, gays make up about five percent of the population and that’s the way its been and will continue to be, short of selective eugenics practices. It is a fools errand to single out being gay as something less valued than being straight, especially if you are a Christian. The United States is ‘the’ world leader in finance, military power, Hollywood, and very influential on issues like gay rights. It’s about time that Christians of all stripes own up to their secular responsibilities not to condemn being gay. Here’s the problem when you make anti-gay comments, more Russians approve of abortion than being gay. When that choice comes to reality, and it will one day, what choice do you think they will make? To a real Christian, this is not even a close call – stop all anti-gay activity. And there is more, countries in Africa are toying with sentencing gays to death. Extremist US so-called Christian leaders have been testifying before influential foreign government bodies to harden already extreme anti-gay legislation, laws against both gay association and actions – even just being gay. As a Christian, think first, then walk in the footsteps of Christ. Burying bodies in a foreign land does not absolve any Christian of moral responsibility for his or her actions.

  • Mary Waterton

    Satan owns America. God is wiping His hands of this wicked nation. Judgment is coming and initially it will be in the form of another economic crisis … worse than the last. The government is in debt many times over and the banks are insolvent. You cannot depend upon the FDIC to protect your savings. Wise Christians will take steps to protect themselves and their families.

    • Lowell D

      Mary is right on. God is judging America, the economy is going to crumble. Christians need to wake up.

  • John W

    I totally agree Mary. Some believe that the attacks of 9-11 were actually the judgement of God on the United States.
    If you look at our past history back to the first inauguration of George Wshington. After the swearing in of our first president, anyone that held a position in the government, president down to the representatives and senators all proceeded to go to a small church and pray for the next two hours asking God’s blessings on his country. That great ceremony didn’t occur in Washington DC it actually occurred in New York that church still stands today, it’s the St Paul Chapel http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/St._Paul%27s_Chapelor how it is referred to today….. GROUND ZERO. That’s right. Where are nation began in a spiritual sense was also the same place where we were attacked.
    Our nation is under the judgement of God. I think it started when we started murdering children in the mothers womb at the rate of over 1-million a year. The homosexual agenda is simply another step in the moral decay of our nation. A nation will fall internally when they turn their backs on God. That has already happen in the US. I think though that what holds God’s hand back, is us the Christian body. Like the 10 righteous in the city of Sodom and Gommarah. We are here for a purpose and mission to the people around us. To reach them with the gospel of Jesus Christ

  • jose zuniga

    marriage has been around longer than christianity so what right do you guys have to step all over who can and can’t get married.