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Virginia Emerging As Critical State In Fight Over Same-Sex Marriage

Virginia's gay marriage ban has been in place since 2006.
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Virginia's gay marriage ban has been in place since 2006.

Almost overnight, Virginia has emerged as a critical state in the nationwide fight to grant gay men and women the right to wed.

With the recent court gains in deeply conservative Utah and Oklahoma, gay rights advocates are heartened by the new mood in Virginia ushered in by a Democratic sweep at the top of the ticket.

Symbolically as well, they say, court challenges of Virginia's gay marriage ban resonate because of the state's role in a landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision involving interracial marriage.

In that 1967 decision, the high court declared laws against interracial marriage unconstitutional.

Camilla Taylor is marriage project director for Lambda Legal. She says the narrative of how marriage plays into Virginia history is a significant one.

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In An Alternate 19th Century London, Sins Are Marked With 'Smoke'

NPR's Audie Cornish speaks with Dan Vyleta about his novel, Smoke. It's set in an alternate 19th century London, where the morally corrupt are marked by a smoke that pours from their bodies.
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D.C.'s Public Schools Select New Lunch Providers

D.C. Public Schools is abandoning longtime school food provider Chartwells in the wake of allegations of poor food quality and fraud and moving forward with new vendors for 2016. But, questions remain about the selection process and future oversight.

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Creating A D.C. State Constitution

We explore the historic process of crafting a constitution for D.C. statehood nearly three decades after the last attempt, and find out how drafters are preparing for the June constitutional convention.

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$81 Million Bangladesh Bank Heist Sparks Push For Stepped-Up Cybersecurity

The head of the Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication acknowledged at least two security breaches in addition to February's spectacular theft involving Bangladesh's central bank.

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