Plantiffs in the federal suit over Virginia's ban on gay marriage, Emily Schall-Townley (from left), Carol Schall and Mary Townley, after a hearing on Virginia's same-sex-marriage ban in Richmond, Va., in May. Wednesday, the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals refused a motion to stay its decision that the ban isn't constitutional. Steve Helber/AP hide caption

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House Majority Leader Eric Cantor's loss in his district's primary is seen by many as the end of a chance at immigration overhaul any time soon. Charles Dharapak/AP hide caption

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Supporters of same-sex marriage and opponents were out when the challenge to Virginia's law was heard in a Norfolk federal court earlier this month. Jay Paul/Getty Images hide caption

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Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring speaks at the Virginia Capitol in Richmond on Dec. 18. Herring's announcement Thursday generated strong partisan responses. Steve Helber/AP hide caption

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Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring says Virginia will no longer defend its constitutional ban on gay marriage. Steve Helber/AP hide caption

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State Sen. Mark Obenshain speaks at the Virginia Republican convention in Richmond on May 18. He currently holds a 17-vote lead over Democratic state Sen. Mark Herring in the state's attorney general election. Steve Helber/AP hide caption

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President Obama visited Dallas Wednesday partly to cheer up volunteers who help people enroll in Obamacare. Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP hide caption

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Onita Sanders (right), a certified application counselor at the Southeastern Virginia Health System, helps Virginia resident Brenda Harrell with health coverage options at Enrollfest in Hampton, Va., on Tuesday. Jenny Gold for NPR hide caption

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The increasingly negative campaign that is the Virginia race for governor between Republican Ken Cuccinelli (left) and Democrat Terry McAuliffe could keep some voters home. Steve Helber/AP hide caption

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