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Federal judge rules Va. ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional

| Thursday, February 13, 2014
Steve Helber,  APSpencer Geiger, left, of Virginia Beach, and Carl Johanson, of Norfolk, hold signs as they demonstrate outside Federal Court in Norfolk, Va., Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014. A federal judge heard arguments on whether Virginia's ban on gay marriage is unconstitutional.
NORFOLK, Va. -- Virginia on Thursday became the first state in the South to have its same-sex marriage ban overturned, with a late-night federal court ruling that declared the voter-approved amendment unconstitutional.

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Federal judge asked to note Ky. gay marriage ruling in considering Va. case

| Thursday, February 13, 2014
U.S. District Judge Arenda L. Wright Allen
NORFOLK, Va.- The Virginia Attorney General's Office wants a federal judge to take note of a recent ruling in Kentucky that said the state must recognize same-sex marriages performed in other states.

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Judge in Va. same-sex marriage case difficult to ‘pigeonhole’

| Thursday, February 6, 2014
U.S. District Judge Arenda L. Wright Allen
McLEAN, Va. -- The judge deciding what could become a landmark marriage equality case in Virginia defies easy characterization: She was a prosecutor, but also a public defender. She was appointed by President Barack Obama, and she also served in the military as a Navy...

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