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Notice of appeal in Va. gay marriage ruling filed

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NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — The Prince William County Circuit Court clerk plans to appeal a federal judge's ruling that declares the state's ban on same-sex marriages unconstitutional.

A notice of appeal was filed in federal court in Norfolk on Tuesday, a day after U.S. District Judge Arenda Wright Allen issued a final judgment in the case.

Wright Allen's ruling earlier this month found that the state's voter-approved ban on gay marriage violates the 14th Amendment.

The Norfolk Circuit Court clerk is also appealing the decision.

The Virginia Attorney General's Office has also filed a notice of appeal, although it is not defending the law. Office spokesman Michael Kelly says the notice was filed to speed up the appeals process.

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