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Thu Jan 23, 2014, 03:17 PM

 

New Virginia Attorney General Drops Defense of Gay Marriage Ban - NYT

New Virginia Attorney General Drops Defense of Gay Marriage Ban
By TIMOTHY WILLIAMS -NYT
JAN. 23, 2014

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The attorney general of Virginia has concluded that the state’s ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional and has joined the suit that challenged the law in federal court, a spokesman for the office said Thursday.

Michael Kelly, a spokesman for Attorney General Mark R. Herring, said that instead of defending the ban, “the Commonwealth will side with the plaintiffs in seeking to have the ban declared unconstitutional.”

The decision by Mr. Herring, who took office as attorney general this month, follows recent rulings by federal court judges in Utah and Oklahoma that have struck down laws forbidding same-sex marriage in those states. The move is an abrupt shift from previous positions taken by Virginia’s socially conservative elected officials.

On Thursday, the attorney general filed a brief in federal court in Norfolk — where a lawsuit challenging the ban is being heard — to notify the court of the state’s change in position.

“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,” Mr. Herring told reporters at a news conference.

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More: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/01/24/us/new-virginia-attorney-general-drops-defense-of-gay-marriage-ban.html


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WillyT Jan 2014 OP
yeoman6987 Jan 2014 #1
Raine1967 Jan 2014 #2
WillyT Jan 2014 #3
Raine1967 Jan 2014 #9
etherealtruth Jan 2014 #4
Cali_Democrat Jan 2014 #5
Raine1967 Jan 2014 #7
theHandpuppet Jan 2014 #6
msanthrope Jan 2014 #8

Response to WillyT (Original post)

Thu Jan 23, 2014, 03:32 PM

1. Well that is good

 

Good news Virginia!

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Response to WillyT (Original post)

Thu Jan 23, 2014, 03:34 PM

2. I'm very proud that I cast a vote for this man as AG.

I see really good things for this Commonwealth!


to AG Herring!

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Response to Raine1967 (Reply #2)

Thu Jan 23, 2014, 06:34 PM

3. Thank You For That !!!

 


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Response to WillyT (Reply #3)

Thu Jan 23, 2014, 08:36 PM

9. Happy to cast those votes.

here is my State Senator: http://www.adamebbin.com

(love him!!)

For more info: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adam_Ebbin

and here is my state delegate: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adam_Ebbin

We are going to turn Virginia around.

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Response to WillyT (Original post)

Thu Jan 23, 2014, 07:14 PM

4. I heard him on NPR this morning

He has a terrific sense of right and wrong and a very strong moral base (ie he believes all human beings are entitled to equal rights on the basis of their humanity)

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Response to WillyT (Original post)

Thu Jan 23, 2014, 07:16 PM

5. You see folks? Elections matter and both parties aren't the same.

 

GOTV 2014!!!

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Response to Cali_Democrat (Reply #5)

Thu Jan 23, 2014, 08:30 PM

7. AMEN!!!!

As I said above, I think we will see good things coming from Virginia in the next few years.

This is just a start.

ELECTIONS MATTER!!!

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Response to WillyT (Original post)

Thu Jan 23, 2014, 07:16 PM

6. Days are looking brighter for the Commonwealth

Congrats to all the Virginia Dems who worked to make this happen!

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Response to WillyT (Original post)

Thu Jan 23, 2014, 08:32 PM

8. That was fast!!! nt

 

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