Friday, February 14, 2014

Equality wins in Virginia

In a perfect Valentine's Day gift, Virginia's ban on same-sex marriage has been overturned in federal court:

A federal judge ruled Thursday that Virginia's ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional, making it the first state in the South to have its voter-approved prohibition overturned.


"The 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," Wright Allen wrote.

The ruling has been stayed pending a Supreme Court appeal, but its unclear who would lodge it - the State Attorney-General did not contest the case, because they agree that the ban violates the 14th Amendment. And the Christian bigots who make so much noise about other people's private lives are just going to have to get used to that.