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4th Circuit Court's same-sex marriage ruling lauded, lambasted in Williamsburg area

4th Circuit Court's same-sex marriage ruling lauded, lambasted in Williamsburg area

One day after a panel of judges from the U.S. 4th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a ruling that struck down Virginia's ban on same-sex marriages, one local expert called it "significant on many levels" while activists and political figures began to voice their opinions on that ruling, which reflect varying sides of the issue.

According to William and Mary associate professor Allison Orr Larsen, not only does the decision potentially pave the way for same-sex couples to marry in the near future, it also casts "serious doubt" on similar gay marriage bans in West Virginia, North Carolina and South Carolina, all states within the same circuit.

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