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RICHMOND - Governor Terry McAuliffe (D-VA) released the following statement on the federal district court's decision striking down Virginia's ban on marriage for same-sex couples:

'I applaud the federal district court's decision to ensure all Virginians are treated equally under the law, no matter what their backgrounds are or whom they love. In order to grow our economy and attract the best businesses, entrepreneurs, and families to Virginia, we must be open and welcoming to all who call our Commonwealth home. As this case continues through the judicial process, I will enforce the laws currently on the books, but this decision is a significant step forward in achieving greater equality for all of our citizens.'

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