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Gay marriage opponents outraged over judge's decision

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Several groups - including those in the faith community - are very vocal in their beliefs marriage should only be between a man and a woman.

This isn't the day Jeff Caruso with the Virginia Catholic Conference thought he'd ever see.

"Over 1 million voters decided in 2006 marriage should be the union of man and woman. A judge shouldn't be able to unilaterally override the decision of over a million voters," Caruso said.

His group is sticking to its position - marriage is a historic institution that helps preserve families.

"Mothers and fathers are not interchangeable and mothers and fathers each have unique gifts that they bring to family life," he said.

That's the same message coming from the Family Foundation.

"I find it deeply troubling that the judge ignored volumes of social science  that show that children in general have better outcomes when they have both a mom and a dad," said Victoria Cobb.

She says she even questions the timing of the judge declaring Virginia's gay marriage ban unconstitutional.

"This rushed released just prior to Valentine's wreaks a political show," Cobb said.

As the case heads to an appeals court, gay marriage opponents hope for an outcome that will over-ride the federal judge.

"It's not up to any religion or any government to alter that meaning but rather to uphold and defend and preserve that original design," Caruso said.

The Virginia Christian Alliance agrees with both groups but is taking its opposition a step further, circulating a petition to impeach the Attorney General for supporting gay marriage.

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