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Local reaction Ruling sparks renewed debate over same-sex marriage

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Posted: Saturday, February 15, 2014 12:00 am

A federal judge’s decision to strike down Virginia’s same-sex marriage ban has accelerated a passionate debate on the lawfulness of the state’s marriage amendment and whether legally recognized unions between same-sex couples are consistent with the state’s values.

Gov. Terry McAuliffe, who on his first day in office signed an executive order barring discrimination based on sexual orientation in state hiring, applauded the late Thursday ruling, which he said will “ensure all Virginians are treated equally under the law, no matter what their backgrounds are or whom they love.”

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