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Lawmakers Split Along Partisan Lines on AG’s Move

Thursday Jan 23, 2014

Republican lawmakers are reacting angrily to Attorney General Mark Herring's announcement that his office won't argue in favor of the state's ban on gay marriage.

The GOP lawmakers said Thursday that Herring has abandoned his role as the chief defender of the state's laws.

But Democratic legislators defended Herring, saying he made both a morally and legally sound decision.

Republican Del. Todd Gilbert of Shenandoah County has proposed legislation that would give legislators the ability to intervene in lawsuits on behalf the state in anticipation of a move like the one Herring made.

Herring's announcement also cast a contentious social issue back into the forefront of Virginia politics, something newly elected Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe has appeared eager to avoid.

But the governor said he supports Herring's actions.

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  • , 2014-01-24 00:47:54

    Really, it’s about time someone started standing up for Justice. I mean, how far do you think Nazi Germany would have gotten if people had stood up for the Jews?

  • patroy, 2014-01-24 08:48:58

    Once again republicans throwing a tantrum because they are not getting their way!!! Fucking Children. And they are supposed to be leading the Country!!!!

  • Chris Villalpando, 2014-01-30 04:14:47

    Republicans need to stop wasting their funds on political issues in which they will lose. All states that have legalized gay marriages are continuing to function in the same way they did before gay marriage. All states that refuse to allow gay marriages are not scared of the cause on society but of gay marriage itself. Therefore, the fight against gay marriage is a waste of time.

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