Virginia Attorney General Files Court Papers Supporting Gay Marriage

Arguments on Virginia's gay-marriage ban scheduled for next month.

Gay marriage in Virginia.
Gay marriage in Virginia.

Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring filed a court brief Friday in support of gay marriage, telling an appellate court that the state's ban is unconstitutional and that homosexuals have just as much right to marry as interracial heterosexual couples.

Herring made the argument in a brief filed Friday in the Richmond-based 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, according to WTOP. Arguments are set for May 13.

A federal judge struck down the ban in February citing the 1967 Supreme Court case that invalidated state laws prohibiting interracial marriage. The judge stayed the order pending an appeal.

Herring says the U.S. Constitution's equal protection clause protects the fundamental right to marry and trumps the states' authority to decide the issue.

capguy April 13, 2014 at 07:25 PM
Right on Jeff!! I couldn't agree more! The left tries to use all of their Washington Post, NY Times, faculty lounge BS, and yet what they don't seem to see is the future impact or the destruction they sow. Amazing! Notice, not one defense of their dear leader who conned them again and again and uses them as stooges and pawns and has us at each other's throats on this very issue on purpose? One thing great about the left for us conservatives, is that they don't know when to quit and eventually things come back to bite them in the rear. You think they would have learned form history.
AL April 13, 2014 at 08:23 PM
Capguy the struggle for equality is not a partisan issue. Society is moving to greater equality and a more perfect Union.
Jeff Fanok April 13, 2014 at 09:41 PM
No Angel, society is ripping itself apart by encouraging a immoral, teen pregnancy, single mothers who cannot provide for their babies, do whatever feels good and the government will support you so long as you vote democratic, hopeless way of life. Any good contractor knows that you have to tear down the old before you can build the new. Problem is that the new that the left wants to build HAS NEVER, AND NEVER WILL SUCCEED. It has been tried before, and the sin always corrupts from the inside out. I know that the traditional, patriot like myself will never succeed against the lust of evil that has taken over the lifestyles of America. The Holy Bible tells us that we will be persecuted for his name sake, that their will be a great falling away from the Church right before the end of the Church Age. In a strange way, I am excited about the deviancy you promote, because the mere fact that it is being accepted is proof positive that the Rapture is imminent. You keep referring to the end of outlawing mixed race marriages like it somehow pertains to the deviant unions you seem to want. Mixed marriages between black and white people were not outlawed in the Bible, only between different races that practiced pagan religions, because they would draw the children of Israel away from the one true God. The lure of deviancy is strong, homosexual prostitutes would practice their trade on the temple steps of the pagans. They would burn their babies alive in a sacrifice to Baal. Seeing mass groups of people doing these deviant acts somehow convinces the masses that it is acceptable. The homosexual community is using the same tactics that the worshipers of Baal used. Just as you think you are winning, God will pull the rug out from under you. Come to Jesus while you still can. He can heal your sickness.
AL April 13, 2014 at 10:11 PM
Jeff, and that's why we have the separation of Church and State so you can believe what you want and others can believe what they want.
Pamela Findley April 16, 2014 at 10:59 AM
Natassia, not all LGBT want to eliminate or "fundamentally destroy" the institution of marriage. You really can't lump all homosexuals together, just as you can't lump all heterosexuals together. I know lesbian and gay couples who are married and treasure the institution of marriage. I also know heterosexual couples who are not married and don't believe in marriage. Recognizing the rights of LGBT people to marry, with all the rights and responsibilities thereof, does not equate with destroying marriage any more than interracial marriages have destroyed it. From a religious perspective, each person and each church/denomination can and should decide whether to recognize and/or perform such marriages. I personally believe God does not condemn LGBT unions. From a legal perspective, I have yet to hear a good argument against same-sex marriages.


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