VA Attorney General Petitions SCOTUS on Gay Marriage

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HARRISONBURG,Va. (WHSV) -- This petition is the next step in a lawsuit WHSV has been following for a while now. It all started at a courthouse in Harrisonburg. Attorney General Mark Herring filed the petition Aug.8 with the U.S. Supreme Court to take up the Virginia gay marriage ban lawsuit.

"This is about much more than who wins or loses in court. We should never lose sight of the fact that we are fighting for the right of loving, committed couples to enter the bond of marriage," said Herring.

It's a fight that many across Virginia think is in vain.

"This decision is a bump in the road, but I believe in time truth and reason will prevail, and marriage will be reconfirmed for what it was originally intended to be," explained Dean Welty who is with the Valley Family Forum and against gay marriage.

This all started when couples, including Joanne Harris and Jessica Duff from Staunton, filed a class action lawsuit in U.S. District Court.

"We have always had a very supportive community," said Harris.

"It's just going to be faster and faster with the decisions and the law making,” said Duff.

Now, Herring's request to the Supreme Court could settle the argument for Virginia and the rest of the country.

The attorney general's petition is one of the first in the nation representing Virginia. This is going to allow the supreme court to consider the case in September.

Virginia isn't the only state reaching relying on the Supreme Court. Florida's attorney general is also waiting for the court to decide whether states have the right to ban gay marriage.


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