Va. AG Won't Defend State's Gay-Marriage Ban In Fed. Suit

Law360, Los Angeles (January 23, 2014, 3:45 PM EST) -- Virginia's newly elected attorney general on Thursday notified a judge overseeing a federal constitutional challenge to the state's ban on gay marriage that he will side with the plaintiffs suing the state and argue that the laws should be declared unconstitutional.

Virginia Attorney General Mark R. Herring, a Democrat who entered office less than two weeks ago following a close election, said he has changed the state's legal position on gay marriage after deciding that its laws violate the 14th Amendment and unlawfully discriminate on the...
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