Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring has applauded a federal appeals court's ruling striking down Virginia's gay marriage ban.

The split decision is the second from an appellate court to find such bans unconstitutional.

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“Today is a great day for #Virginia & our country,” Herring said in a tweet to his more than 5,400 followers. “The #4thCircuit has affirmed the right of ALL Virginians to marry who they love #equality.”

Herring, a Democrat, announced in January that he would not defend the ban in court and has subsequently filed briefs in support of plaintiff couples.

Plaintiffs in the suit also reacted to the news.

“Each and every milestone in this fight for marriage equality brings Tony and me one step closer to making our dream of being married a reality,” said Tim Bostic. “Our victory today reminds us why we filed this lawsuit – to fight for respect and full equality not only for us, but for all Virginians.”

Carol Schall, who joined the lawsuit to force Virginia to recognize her California marriage to Mary Townley, said the ruling made her proud to be a Virginian.

“The Circuit Court’s decision reminds me of how proud I am to be a Virginian. Mary and I have lived here for over forty years, have been in a wonderful relationship for nearly thirty, and have raised a beautiful daughter here in our home state. We could not be more thrilled with the judges’ decision.”