Feb. 14, 2014
A federal judge struck down Virginia's ban on same-sex marriage, deeming it unconstitutional.
The decision makes Virginia the first state in the South to have its voter-approved ban on same-sex marriages overturned.
Below are statements released by leaders of Virginia on the judge's decision.
CBS19 will be updating this article as others release statements on the ruling.
Governor Terry McAuliffe;
"I applaud the federal district court's decision to ensure all Virginians are treated equally under the law, no matter what their backgrounds are or whom they love. In order to grow our economy and attract the best businesses, entrepreneurs, and families to Virginia, we must be open and welcoming to all who call our Commonwealth home. As this case continues through the judicial process, I will enforce the laws currently on the books, but this decision is a significant step forward in achieving greater equality for all of our citizens."
- Lieutenant Governor Ralph Northam:
“I applaud the Court’s decision to strike down Virginia’s ban on same sex marriage and help ensure that all of Virginia’s citizens are treated equally under the law. Marriage is a fundamental and an incredibly personal right of all Virginians, one that government should not interfere with. Unfortunately Virginia has a notorious history of intervening in decisions about whom our citizens can and cannot marry, a history which we must put behind us. This historic decision brings us one step closer to ensuring that all Virginians, regardless of sexual orientation, have equal rights under the law.”
- Senator Tim Kaine;
“Happy Valentine's Day to my beautiful wife Anne and to all Virginians. It's a particularly great day in light of the federal court ruling striking down the state prohibition against same-sex marriage. I campaigned against the ban in 2006 and was very disappointed when it passed. Today, we celebrate a Virginia for lovers and remember the great Shakesperian [sic] wisdom: ‘Let me not to the marriage of true minds admit impediments.’”
- Senator Mark Warner;