Court strikes down Va. gay marriage ban
From the article:
A federal court struck down Virginia’s gay marriage ban Thursday night, the latest in a series of decisions invalidating state laws against same-sex marriage.
The decision also carried the symbolism of bringing gay marriage to the birthplace of Loving v. Virginia, the 1967 Supreme Court case striking down interracial marriage bans.
Judge Arenda L. Wright Allen of U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia ruled that the amendment to the state constitution banning gay marriage violated the U.S. Constitution’s Due Process and Equal Protection clauses.
“Gay and lesbian individuals share the same capacity as heterosexual individuals to form, preserve and celebrate loving, intimate and lasting relationships,” Wright Allen wrote. “Such relationships are created through the exercise of sacred, personal choices — choices, like the choices made by every other citizen, that must be free from unwarranted government interference.”
The decision also used the Loving case as an example of why tradition, one of the defenses put forth by supporters of the ban, was not enough to sustain it.
“Tradition alone cannot justify denying same-sex couples the right to marry any more than it could justify Virginia's ban on interracial marriage,” the decision states.
I agree with the decision but it is a little disconcerting that 20 years ago all this lawsuits would probably had been dismissed outright and now they aren't. Jumping on the bandwagon isn't courage.