Friday, January 24, 2014

143.2 - Good news: Virginia Attorney General supports marriage equality

Good news: Virginia Attorney General supports marriage equality

And the good news just keeps rollin' in.

Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring announced on January 23 that he believes the state’s ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional and that Virginia is joining two same-sex couples in asking a federal court to strike it down.

It's a dramatic reversal from the position of Herring's predecessor, Ken Cuccinelli, who once referred to same-sex marriage as "nothing but self-destruction, not only physically but of their soul." It's proof that, as the GOPpers keep telling us when they want to strip away union rights or restrict voting or access to abortions or whatever, elections have consequences.

It's also a personal reversal for Herring, who as a state senator had voted against same-sex marriage eight years ago. Now, however, he says that Virginia has been on the “wrong side” of legal battles involving school desegregation, interracial marriage, and single-sex education at the Virginia Military Institute. He wants Virginia to be on the “right side of the law and history” in the battle over same-sex marriage and, he said, "As attorney general, I cannot and will not defend laws that violate Virginians' rights."

Good for him. And good for the future of Virginia.


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