Gay-union ruling booed, cheered

Judge strikes Virginia’s ban; weddings on hold for appeal

Posted: February 15, 2014 at 3:28 a.m.

From left back row, Carol Schall , Emily Schall-Townley,16, daughter of Schall and Townley and Mary Townley , Tim Bostic and Tony London celebrate the Thursday's ruling by federal Judge Arenda Wright Allen that Virginia's same-sex marriage ban was unconstitutional on Friday, Feb. 14, 2014 in Norfolk, Va. Wright Allen on Thursday issued a stay of her order while it is appealed, meaning that gay couples in Virginia still wont be able to marry until the case is ultimately resolved. An appeal will be filed to the 4th District Court of Appeals, which could uphold the ban or side with Wright Allen. At the bottom of photo is Adam Umhoefer, Executive Director of the American Foundation for Equal Rights. (AP Photo/The Virginian-Pilot, Bill Tiernan) MAGS OUT

A federal judge’s decision to strike down Virginia’s ban on same-sex marriage has sparked broad and emotional reaction, including celebratory cheers and calls for impeachment.

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