Arenda L. Wright Allen, U.S District Judge, ruled this past Thursday that Virginia’s ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional – making it the first Southern State to have its voter-approved prohibition demolished.
Wright Allen’s was requested by the Virginia Attorney General’s Office to stay in Virginia in order to avoid a situation similar to what happened in Utah after a federal judge declared that state’s ban on gay marriages unconstitutional.
“Our Constitution declares that ‘all men’ are created equal. Surely this means all of us… While ever vigilant for the wisdom that can come from the voices of our voting public, our courts have never long tolerated the perpetuation of laws rooted in unlawful prejudice. One of the judiciary’s noblest endeavors is to scrutinize law that emerge from such roots,” Wright Allen wrote.
Mark Herring, Virginia’s Democratic attorney general, also announced his support for gay couples seeking marriage licenses.