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Supreme Court Ruling Won’t Affect Virginia Ban On Gay Marriages

Supreme Court Ruling Won’t Affect Virginia Ban On Gay Marriages

Virginia’s 2006 constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage remains in effect despite a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that a key provision in the federal Defense of Marriage Act is unconstitutional.      Governor McDonnell says while every American must be treated with dignity and respect under the law, Virginia’s ban was put in place by the “will of the voters.”     He says the high court’s ruling does not change Virginia’s established policy regarding marriage.    The Governor says the ruling properly leaves decisions on this important issue to the individual states.