Virginia Attorney General Won’t Defend Commonwealth’s Constitutional Marriage Amendment

herring fbDAYS OF LOT – The attorney general of Virginia has announced that he will not defend the commonwealth’s constitutional amendment enshrining marriage as being between a man and a woman. Instead, Attorney General Mark Herring filed a brief in court on Thursday in favor of overturning Virginia’s current ban on same-sex “marriage,” siding with the homosexuals who sued to challenge the law last year. Herring also announced his decision during a news conference late in the morning. “I believe the freedom to marry is a fundamental right, and I intend to ensure that Virginia is on the right side of history and on the right side of the law,” he stated. “As attorney general, I cannot and will not defend a law that violates Virginians’ constitutional rights.” Voters in Virginia had approved the amendment, known as the Marshall-Newman Amendment, during the 2006 election by 57 percent of the vote. “Only a union between one man and one woman may be a marriage valid in or recognized by this Commonwealth and its political subdivisions,” it reads. “This Commonwealth and its political subdivisions shall not create or recognize a legal status for relationships of unmarried individuals that intends to approximate the design, qualities, significance, or effects of marriage. Nor shall this Commonwealth or its political subdivisions create or recognize another union, partnership, or other legal status to which is assigned the rights, benefits, obligations, qualities, or effects of marriage.” But Herring, who took office just two weeks ago, said that he doesn’t agree with the law and believes that it is unconstitutional. He had supported its passage in 2006 when voters approved the measure. More
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