A federal judge is hearing arguments Tuesday on whether Virginia's ban on gay marriage should be struck down in a case that could have repercussions for marriage equality throughout the South.

If the ban is deemed unconstitutional, Virginia will become the first state in the old Confederacy to allow gay marriage. Currently, only Washington, D.C., and 17 states, most of which are in the Northeast, allow gay marriage.


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