Family Group Reacts to Herring's Announcement


RICHMOND, Va. (WHSV) -- Thursday morning Virginia's Attorney General Mark Herring announced he is no longer supporting the state's ban on same-sex marriages.

The Family Foundation in Richmond said Herring's announcement is "disappointing and frightening".

Victoria Cobb, the president of The Family Foundation, pointed out that 12 days ago Mark Herring swore to uphold Virginia's constitution when he took his oath as attorney general; however, less than two weeks later, he' i going against a ban that both he and voters approved in 2006.

In 2006, 57 percent of voters in the state approved the amendment banning same-sex marriages.

Cobb said Herring's announcement clearly shows legalizing same-sex marriage in Virginia is being driven by the courts, not by the people.

"This is just a shock to the Virginia people who believed they elected an attorney general to do a very specific job and are now finding out that he is choosing to redefine his role in something that is unprecedented," said Cobb.

Cobb also plans to increase advocacy efforts for keeping marriage between a man and a woman after hearing Herring's announcement.


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