(WASHINGTON TIMES) A federal appeals court on Monday upheld a ruling declaring Virginia’s constitutional ban on gay marriage unconstitutional.
A three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit ruled 2-1 in support of a February decision that struck down the state’s 2005 constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage.
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“The choice of whether and whom to marry is an intensely personal decision that alters the course of an individual’s life,” Judge Henry F. Floyd wrote in the majority’s 63-page opinion. “Denying same — sex couples this choice prohibits them from participating fully in our society, which is precisely the type of segregation that the Fourteenth Amendment cannot countenance.”