WATCH LIVE: Attorney General Mark Herring won’t defend gay marriage ban
RICHMOND, Va. (WTVR) – Newly-elected Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring will change Virginia’s position on a challenge to Virginia’s ban on same-sex marriage.
“Attorney General Herring has concluded that Virginia’s current ban is in violation of the U.S. Constitution and he will not defend it,” Herring spokesman Michael Kelly confirmed via email Thursday.
“Instead, the Commonwealth will side with the plaintiffs in seeking to have the ban declared unconstitutional. Because there are other defendants, circuit court clerks in Norfolk and Prince William County, the case will move forward with those parties defending the ban.”
Herring is scheduled to speak about his decision at an 11 a.m. press conference.