Virginia: State Gay Marriage Ban Unconstitutional

Posted: January 23, 2014 in Uncategorized

CBS DC

UPDATED: Jan. 23, 2014 4:30 p.m.
ORIGINAL: Jan. 23, 2014 5:31 a.m.

RICHMOND, Va. (CBSDC/AP) — Gay marriage moved closer to gaining its first foothold in the South when Virginia’s attorney general said Thursday that the state’s ban on same-sex matrimony is unconstitutional and he will join the fight to get it struck down.

“It’s time for the commonwealth to be on the right side of history and the right side of the law,” newly elected Democrat Mark R. Herring said in a state that fiercely resisted school integration and interracial marriage in the 1950s and ’60s.

Conservatives accused Herring of shirking his duty to defend the state’s laws after less than two weeks on the job, while gay rights activists exulted over the latest in a string of victories — this one in a conservative and usually hostile region of the country.

“It’s a nice day to be an…

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