WHY THIS IS A BIG DEAL #1: because for the first time the state asking for a High C'ourt ruling on this is actually on our side. That's right, Virginia is taking the position that its own same-sex marriage ban is unconstitutional, and should be struck down. Hm, sounds like that "Virginia is for lovers" slogan might mean somethin', huh?
WHY THIS IS A BIG DEAL #2: The Virginia ban is one of the harshest in the country. Seriously. More stringent than California's Proposition 8, it not only bars and refuses civil unions, it also prevents same-sex couples from adopting children. Even Utah’s ban at least preserved contractual rights exercised independently of the same-sex-marriage restriction, but the Virginia law voids ‘any contractual rights created by’ same-sex marriages performed legally in other states.