Governor Terry McAuliffe says he's overjoyed of the fourth circuit court's decision ruling same-sex marriage unconstitutional.

He spoke publicly about it during an economic tour of Danville.

McAuliffe says the decision will help grow Virginia's workforce by keeping more people in state.

"I think yesterday's decision sends the signal that Virginia is open and welcoming to everyone. I want you to stay here, I want you to start a business here. I want you to bring you businesses to Virginia," said Governor Terry McAuliffe.

Monday the three-person panel ruled certain provisions that don't recognize gay marriage are in violation of the U.S. Constitution.

The decision stems from two same-sex couples whose marriages were either not recognized or the couple was denied a marriage license.