Last night, a federal judge declared Virginia's same-sex marriage ban to be unconstitutional, but stayed the decision.

By staying the decision, the ruling does not get enacted until opposing parties have their say, if any, at an appeals court. To quote the judge,

"Tradition is revered in the Commonwealth, and often rightly so. However, tradition alone cannot justify denying same-sex couples the right to marry any more than it could justify Virginia's ban on interracial marriage."

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Virginia banned same-sex marriage in 2006 with a constitutional amendment passed by the voters. This ban also does not allow Virginia to recognize same-sex marriages performed in other states.

No word yet on who will appeal this decision, but, as usual, expect resistance.