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Virginia official refuses to defend gay marriage ban
Virginia official refuses to defend gay marriage ban

Newly elected Virginia Atty. Gen. Mark R. Herring abruptly reversed the state's position on gay marriage Thursday, declaring a voter-approved ban unconstitutional and announcing that his office would no longer defend it. Though the state will continue to enforce the existing law pending court challenges, Herring — a Democrat who narrowly won election in November — said his office would join sides with two gay couples have sued to overturn the ban. In court filings, Herring said the law is discriminatory and violates the 14th Amendment of the Constitution. The decision makes Virginia — a key battleground between Republicans and Democrats — the latest state...

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