Herring Criticized for Stance on Marriage Ban

HARRISONBURG (WHSV) -- Virginia's attorney general isn't defending the commonwealth's ban on same sex marriage.

Many are criticizing Attorney General Mark Herring for not defending the ban. They say he's disregarding the democratic process that brought the ban in the first place. Now he's supporting couples who filed to have that ban overturned.

"The issue is not the right to gay marriage or the right to straight marriage, it is just the right to marriage and all the responsibilities that come with it," Herring explained on Tuesday.

The attorney general says that's why he's supporting those fighting to have the ban overturned in Richmond this week. Many in the Valley disagree with his stance including those representing the Valley Family Forum.

"He has said one of his duties is to defend that law. He's not doing it," shared Dean Welty representing the forum.

Herring's responds to this idea saying, “The constitution does not permit states laws to mark committed relationships between same-sex couples as deficient and inferior."

This is a story we'll continue to follow is it develops. The Richmond-based appeals court typically rules weeks, or even months, after arguments.

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