One side was smiling, the other subdued as the Fourth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals struck down Virginia's ban on same-sex marriage, the second federal appeals court to reject state efforts to say marriage was just for couples of one man and one woman.
And the one thing Virginia proponents as well as opponents of same-sex marriage agreed on was that their battle was far from over.
On the one hand, there was lots of talk about equality, love and a state that is welcoming to all. On the other, impassioned defense of a sacrament reserved by scripture – and the will of a majority of Virginians – for one man and one woman.
"Since the founding of our country, we have been...