A 'fundamental right': Appeals court strikes down Virginia's same-sex marriage ban
Cheryl Taylor and Jennifer Smith hold hands as they arrive for the Grand Pride Wedding, a mass gay wedding at Casa Loma in Toronto, Canada, on June 26, 2014 [AFP]

(Reuters) - The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit struck down Virginia's constitutional ban on same-sex marriage on Monday.


The court agreed with a lower federal court ruling striking down the ban. The appeals court ruled that "the fundamental right to marriage includes a right to same-sex marriage and that therefore Virginia’s marriage laws must be reviewed under strict scrutiny."

(Reporting by Ian Simpson; Editing by Bill Trott)