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Posted at 08:24 AM ET, 02/14/2012

African American pastor favors same-sex marriage; Valentine’s Day in Columbia Heights; looming battle within Virginia’s GOP? (A.M. Buzz)

Happy Valentine’s Day, Washington Post readers! Here are the stories you should read to start your day.

Delman Coates is an African American pastor in favor of legalizing same-sex marriage in Maryland — one of the few in the state to publicly approve of the controversial issue. He says “the people in the pew are further along on this issue than those of us in the pulpit.”

Seeking a last-minute Valentine’s gift for your special someone? You’ll have no problem finding something in Columbia Heights, where roses are red and prices are cheap.

Bob McDonnell and the Virginia GOP are flying high right now. But the party’s smooth flight could take a turn for the worse if things get nasty between Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling and Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli II, the two top GOP contenders in the 2013 governor’s race.

Coming up today on

— Live updates on George Huguely’s trial in the murder of Yeardley Love.

— D.C. radio legend Donnie Simpson, a personal friend of Whitney Houston, will answer questions at 10 a.m. about Houston's life and legacy.

— Need relationship advice this Valentine’s Day? Relationship expert Dr. Pepper Schwartz will help sort out your questions on the game of love starting at noon.

By Jimm Phillips  |  08:24 AM ET, 02/14/2012

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