NORFOLK, Va. – A federal judge has ruled that Virginia’s ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional.

U.S. District Judge Arenda L. Wright Allen’s decision Thursday makes Virginia the second state in the South to have a ban on gay marriages overturned. It comes the day after a similar ruling in Kentucky and following similar rulings in federal courts in Utah and Oklahoma.

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Wright stayed her decision until an appeals court rules, meaning that gay couples will not be able to marry in the state immediately.