USA, Virginia: Attorney General to Help Fight Marriage Equality Ban

Written by scott on January 23rd, 2014

Mark Herring, Virginia Attorney General CandidateWith the election of a state-wide slate of democrats in Virginia, the ground has shifted in the fight for marriage equality.

The Washington Post reports:

Virginia Attorney General Mark R. Herring will announce Thursday that he believes the state’s ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional and that Virginia will join two same-sex couples in asking a federal court to strike it down, according to an official close to the attorney general with knowledge about the decision. The action will mark a stunning reversal in the state’s legal position on same-sex marriage and is a result of November elections in which Democrats swept the state’s top offices. Herring’s predecessor, Republican Ken Cuccinelli II, adamantly opposes gay marriage and had vowed to defend Virginia’s constitutional amendment banning such unions, which was passed in 2006 with the support of 57 percent of voters.

Herring, too, had voted against same-sex marriage eight years ago, when he was a state senator. But he has said that his views have changed since then and that on Thursday he will file a supportive brief in a lawsuit in Norfolk that challenges the state’s ban, said two people familiar with his plans.

Could we hear wedding bells in Virginia sometime soon? Most likely it will have to be through the current lawsuit, as the GOP still controls the house.

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