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Opponents of gay marriage are preparing to appeal a federal court decision in Virginia that overturned the state's gay marriage ban, ruling it unconstitutional.

Virginia's is the fifth federal case nationwide to strike down state gay marriage bans since the Supreme Court ruled that the federal Defense of Marriage Act was unconstitutional.

Same-sex couples in Virginia won't be rushing to the court house for marriage licenses, however. Judge Arenda Wright Allen stayed her order until appeals can be heard.

Emily Bazelon, legal affairs editor for Slate, joins Here & Now's Jeremy Hobson to discuss the ruling and next steps.


This segment aired on February 14, 2014.

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