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Virginia

Virginia is the 10th U.S. state, admitted to the Union on June 25, 1788. Its most populous city is Virginia Beach and its capital is Richmond.

Marriage Equality: A constitutional ban on same-sex marriage was approved by voters in November 2006. On February 13, 2014, a federal judge found the state's ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional, but stayed enforcement of the order pending consideration of the appeal by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. Follow the case: Bostic v. Rainey.

A second challenge to Virginia's same-sex marriage ban is also pending. Follow that case: Harris v. McDonnell.

For information on state laws relating to LGBT rights, discrimination, hate crimes and adoption, click here.

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Virginia governor Terry McAuliffe officiates at lesbian couple’s wedding

Saturday, October 11, 2014
Gov. Terry McAuliffe  (D-Va.) presides over the wedding ceremony of Renee Bradley (right) and Katherine Bradley-Black, on Friday, October 10, 2014.
RICHMOND, Va. -- Gov. Terry McAuliffe has become the first Virginia governor to preside over a same-sex wedding ceremony. McAuliffe officiated Friday at the wedding of a lesbian couple, Renee Bradley and Katherine Bradley-Black of Northern Virginia, and said he feels honored to be part of the "important occasion."

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Virginia governor says married, same-sex couples can now adopt

Friday, October 10, 2014
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RICHMOND, Va. -- Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe is sending notice to local social services divisions that married gay couples can now adopt children.

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Virginia governor orders state agencies to comply with marriage ruling

Tuesday, October 7, 2014
Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D-Va.)
RICHMOND, Va. -- Virginia's governor has signed an order directing state agencies to comply with the legalization of same-sex marriage in the state. That includes allowing gay and lesbian state employees to add spouses and dependents to their health insurance.

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Virginia AG officiates as marriage plaintiffs renew wedding vows

Monday, October 6, 2014
Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring officiates as Carol Schall and Mary Townley renew their wedding vows on Monday, Oct. 6, 2014.
RICHMOND, Va. -- In an emotional ceremony in front of the John Marshall Courthouse in downtown Richmond, Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring renewed the vows of two of the plaintiffs who successfully challenged the state’s ban on same-sex marriage. “This is the outcome we have hoped for,” said Herring, who stated just days after taking office ...

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Same-sex couples begin marrying in Virginia as AG cheers court decision

Monday, October 6, 2014
Nicole Pries, left, and Lindsey Oliver share a kiss as they celebrate being one of the first same-sex couples in Virginia to be married, Monday, Oct. 6, 2014, outside a Richmond Court building in Richmond, Va. The couple were the first in the Richmond are to be married after the U.S. Supreme Court refused to overturn same sex-marriage prohibitions.
RICHMOND, Va. -- Just hours after the U.S. Supreme Court cleared the way by turning away several appeals, gay couples have started marrying in Virginia. Thirty-year-old Lindsey Oliver and 42-year-old Nicole Pries received the first same-sex marriage license issued from the Richmond Circuit Court Clerk's office shortly after 1 p.m. Monday.

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4th Circuit to issue mandate Monday, allowing same-sex marriages in Virginia

Monday, October 6, 2014
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RICHMOND, Va. -- The Richmond-based federal appeals court says its ruling authorizing same-sex marriages in Virginia will take effect Monday afternoon. According to the clerk's office, the mandate will be issued at 1 p.m. Court clerks will be able to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples after that time.

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U.S. Supreme Court denies review of gay marriage appeals from five states

Monday, October 6, 2014
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WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court turned away appeals Monday from five states seeking to prohibit same-sex marriages, paving the way for an immediate expansion of gay and lesbian unions. The justices on Monday did not comment in rejecting appeals from Indiana, Oklahoma, Utah, Virginia and Wisconsin. No other state cases were currently pending ...

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Hospitalized teen charged with assault after fighting back against bullying

Thursday, October 2, 2014
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HENRICO, Va. -- A Virginia teen is facing assault charges despite being brutally beaten in an altercation at his high school that left him hospitalized for nine days. Eric Martin a student at Highland Springs High School in Henrico, Va., suffered a long list of injuries, including a head injury and a broken hand, according to his mother Mary Martin...

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Marriage News Watch: Supreme Court to conference on same-sex marriage cases

Monday, September 29, 2014
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This is the week when the U.S. Supreme Court meets to decide whether to take a marriage case. After meeting in conference on Monday, the Justices will announce their decision next week, on October 6th. Currently, cases from Virginia, Indiana, Wisconsin, Utah and Oklahoma are ready for consideration. The court could take one case, or several, or none at all.

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McAuliffe becomes Virginia’s first sitting governor to attend LGBT pride

Sunday, September 28, 2014
Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D-Va.) at Virginia Pridefest, Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014.
RICHMOND, Va. -- Gov. Terry McAuliffe on Saturday became the first sitting governor of the state to attend Virginia’s annual LGBT Pridefest. “It’ a new day in Virginia, I can tell you that folks,” said McAuliffe, speaking in front of thousands of enthusiastic and LGBT Virginians and allies. “I was the first elected official in the south to come out to come out for marriage ...

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