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Carol Schall and Mary Townley of Chesterfield react to a federal judge's ruling overturning Virginia's ban on gay marriage. Carol Schall and Mary Townley of Chesterfield react to a federal judge's ruling overturning Virginia's ban on gay marriage.
NORFOLK, VA (WWBT) -

A Chesterfield couple challenging Virginia's same-sex marriage ban says it is "extremely grateful" for a federal judge's ruling overturning the ban.

Carol Schall and Mary Townley have been together for 30 years and have a teenage daughter and married in California in 2008. They joined a lawsuit filed by a gay Norfolk couple challenging the law. 

"Our 16-year-old daughter Emily is the light of our lives. As parents we want what's best for our daughter and know it means the world to her and our family will be treated just like every other family," said Townley.

However, Virginia became the first state in the South to overturn a voter-approved prohibition of same-sex marriage Thursday night, when a federal judge ruled the Commonwealth's ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional.

Gay couples in Virginia will still not be able to marry until the case is ultimately resolved, which will likely entail a Supreme Court decision on the case or one like it.

A judge in Kentucky ruled Wednesday that the state must recognize same-sex marriages performed in other states.

The Norfolk couple, Timothy Bostic and Tony London,  were denied a marriage license by the Norfolk Circuit Court on July 1, shortly after the Supreme Court struck down parts of the federal Defense of Marriage Act.

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