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Virginia Attorney General rules state marriage ban unconstitutional – Will not defend it in pending suits

by Mike Andrew – SGN Staff Writer Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring announced on January 23 he had concluded that his state’s ban on same-sex marriage was unconstitutional. Consequently, he said, he will not defend the law in two lawsuits challenging it. ‘After thorough legal review, I have now concluded that Virginia’s ban on marriage between same sex couples violates the Fourteenth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution on two grounds: marriage is a fundamental right being denied to some Virginians, and the ban unlawfully discriminates on the basis of both sexual orientation and gender,’ Herring wrote in a court filing. ‘As attorney general I cannot and will not defend laws that violate Virginians’ rights,’ Herring explained later in an NPR interview. ‘That’s what I have pledged over and over to do, is to put the law and put Virginians first. … It’s about what the law requires here, and we have concluded, I

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