More courts void state same-sex restrictions
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Does last year’s landmark Supreme Court judgment in favor of same-sex-marriage rights apply to the states? Lower-court judges say yes–even in some unlikely places. From Utah to Oklahoma, Kentucky to New Mexico, federal courts are ruling that state laws limiting marriage to opposite-sex couples now violate the Constitution.
The most recent in this line of decisions came in tradition-drenched Virginia. U.S. District Judge Arenda Wright Allen struck down the Old Dominion’s ban on Feb. 13, declaring that laws against same-sex marriage must fall today for the same reason that laws against interracial marriage were overturned nearly 50 years ago. Consenting adults, not the government, have the right to choose their marriage partners.