Virginia’s attorney general has become the latest to conclude that his state’s ban on marriage equality is unconstitutional. As WRAL.com reports:
“Following a seismic political shift in Virginia’s top elected offices, the new attorney general has concluded that the state’s ban on gay marriage is unconstitutional and he will no longer defend it in federal lawsuits, his office said Thursday.
Virginia, widely considered a battleground state in the nationwide fight to grant same-sex couples the right to wed, will instead side with the plaintiffs who are seeking to have the ban struck down, a spokesman for Attorney General Mark Herring said in an email to The Associated Press.
‘After a thorough legal review of the matter, Attorney General Herring has concluded that Virginia’s current ban is in violation of the U.S. constitution and he will not defend it,’ spokesman Michael Kelly wrote.”
This new decision is just the latest in what NC Policy Watch contributor Dr. Charles Beem described a few weeks ago as an inevitable procession of dominoes in this area. It’s now becoming a matter of “when” rather than “what” on the marriage equality question.