Virginia Is For All Lovers: Jubilant Photos of State’s First Gay Marriages

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Gay couples have started marrying each other across Virginia. The unions became possible following the Supreme Court’s Monday decision not to hear appeals on gay marriage bans from Virginia, Utah, Indiana, Oklahoma and Wisconsin

Virginia’s Attorney General Mark Herring hailed the decision in a tweet as a “momentous & joyous day for thousands of Virginians.” He announced that same-sex marriages would begin at 1pm today. Herring went on to officiate same-sex wedding later that day, according to the Guardian

In contrast, Oklahoma’s Gov. Mary Pallin said “the will of the people has now been overridden,” and the state’s Attorney General Scott Pruitt said he was “disappointed,” according to the Guardian. Wisconsin Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen neutrally conceded that gay marriage was legal Read more…

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1 Dead After Hot-Air Balloon Crashes in Virginia, 2 Still Missing

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One body has been recovered from Friday night’s hot-air balloon crash in Doswell, Virginia, Virginia State Police spokesperson Corinne Geller told Mashable. Two people are still missing, and recovery efforts are underway

The balloon was one of three participating in the Mid-Atlantic Balloon Festival; it took flight from Meadow Event Park at around 8 p.m. ET on Friday. While two of the balloons landed safely in a field, the third came in contact with a live utility line, and quickly caught fire, according to the Virginia State Police’s Facebook page

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