Herring - Gay Marriage
Attorney General Mark Herring, center, was joined by Chief Deputy Attorney General Cynthia Hudson and Solicitor General Stuart Raphael at his news conference Thursday.
Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring speaks at a news conference at his office, Thursday, Jan. 23, 2014, in Richmond, Va., where he stated he has changed his position on the marriage equality case and now supports gay marriage. Herring said he has concluded that the state's ban on gay marriage is unconstitutional, and on Thursday he joined a lawsuit challenging it.
Posted: Friday, January 24, 2014 12:00 am
New Attorney General Mark R. Herring, saying that Virginia must be “on the right side of history,” asserted Thursday that Virginia’s ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional, but Republican opponents said he has a duty to defend the state law in court.
“Virginia has argued on the wrong side of some of our nation’s landmark cases — in school desegregation in 1954, on interracial marriage in the 1967 Loving decision and in 1996 (on) opening Virginia Military Institute to female cadets,” Herring said at the Attorney General’s Office.
Friday, January 24, 2014 12:00 am.