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Virginia to fight same-sex marriage ban (Atty Gen)
Washington Post ^ | January 22, 2014 | By Robert Barnes

Posted on 01/22/2014 9:42:24 PM PST by Brad from Tennessee

Virginia Attorney General Mark R. Herring will announce Thursday that he believes the state’s ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional and that Virginia will join two same-sex couples in asking a federal court to strike it down, according to an official close to the attorney general with knowledge about the decision.

The action will mark a stunning reversal in the state’s legal position on same-sex marriage and is a result of November elections in which Democrats swept the state’s top offices. Herring’s predecessor, Republican Ken Cuccinelli II, adamantly opposes gay marriage and had vowed to defend Virginia’s constitutional amendment banning such unions, which was passed in 2006 with the support of 57 percent of voters.

Herring, too, had voted against same-sex marriage eight years ago, when he was a state senator. But he has said that his views have changed since then and that on Thursday he will file a supportive brief in a lawsuit in Norfolk that challenges the state’s ban, said two people familiar with his plans.

Herring will say that Virginia has been on the “wrong side” of landmark legal battles involving school desegregation, interracial marriage and single-sex education at the Virginia Military Institute, one official said. He will make the case that the commonwealth should be on the “right side of the law and history” in the battle over same-sex marriage. . .

(Excerpt) Read more at washingtonpost.com ...


TOPICS: Front Page News; US: Virginia
KEYWORDS: herring; homosexualagenda; mcauliffe; va2014

1 posted on 01/22/2014 9:42:24 PM PST by Brad from Tennessee
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To: Brad from Tennessee

And how does the state attorney general justify this other than his own beliefs? His job is to defend the laws of the state, not his own preferences. This is cause for impeachment and/or recall.


2 posted on 01/22/2014 9:46:31 PM PST by JMS
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To: Brad from Tennessee

This is the guy who won through fraud remember. The communist agenda in Virginia to circumvent democracy is up and running.
If the judicial rulings in Utah and Oklahoma hold, its all over for marriage and for your freedom of religion, at least here in the USSA.


3 posted on 01/22/2014 9:48:33 PM PST by Viennacon
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To: Brad from Tennessee
Isn't the attorney general supposed to be enforcing the state's laws?
4 posted on 01/22/2014 9:49:33 PM PST by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: JMS

Exactly.

He discards his oath, he discards his office.


5 posted on 01/22/2014 9:56:09 PM PST by Ray76 (How modern liberals think: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eaE98w1KZ-c)
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To: JMS

Look at your new governor


6 posted on 01/22/2014 10:01:54 PM PST by Alissa
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To: BenLurkin

Obama should be enforcing the nations laws and he warps, twists, changes, ignores .... whatever he pleases. Herring is just following Dear Leader’s example.


7 posted on 01/22/2014 10:24:29 PM PST by MissMagnolia (You see, truth always resides wherever brave men still have ammunition. I pick truth. (John Ransom))
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To: Brad from Tennessee

so much for law of the land, with libtards.


8 posted on 01/22/2014 10:30:05 PM PST by Secret Agent Man (Gone Galt; Not averse to Going Bronson.)
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To: Alissa

One must look at the new State Senator from Northern VA.

The R’s ‘split’ the vote but SHE (the LIB) won 53%.

However, for whatever a State Senator makes in salary, this lady, for what seems like a month, ran prime time ads on ALL the local TV stations, running at least 1 or possible 2 an hour from Jeopardy to the 11PM news at least 5 nights a week.

Brings a whole new light to saying someone spent 20 million dollars to get a 2 year job that pays 180(?) Thou per year (As in Congress).


9 posted on 01/22/2014 10:32:27 PM PST by xrmusn (6/98 --Because you have your head up your arse doesn't mean you have to have a crappy outlook.)
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To: Brad from Tennessee
What is it with these people? It's all faggotry all the time.
10 posted on 01/22/2014 10:43:39 PM PST by Repeat Offender (What good are conservative principles if we don't stand by them?)
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To: Secret Agent Man; All

I don’t know if it is still the law, but it used to be illegal in Virginia for two men to share an apartment. I have known plenty of straight men elsewhere to share an apartment.


11 posted on 01/22/2014 10:46:55 PM PST by gleeaikin
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To: Brad from Tennessee

he believes the state’s ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional

How so? Does he think the founding fathers wanted perverts to marry? They likey would have put that in if they did........


12 posted on 01/22/2014 11:23:36 PM PST by SECURE AMERICA (Where can I go to sign up for the American Revolution 2014 and the Crusades 2014?)
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To: Brad from Tennessee; Tolerance Sucks Rocks
Elections have consequences.

To Virginian FReepers:

Welcome to Maryland.

(in electing McAwful, your fellow Virginians have just moved the southern border of Maryland from the Potomac to a line from False Cape to Bristol)
13 posted on 01/23/2014 2:33:41 AM PST by markomalley (Nothing emboldens the wicked so greatly as the lack of courage on the part of the good -- Leo XIII)
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To: All

just like New Yorkers, Virginians decided they wanted to elect a leader that despises them.


14 posted on 01/23/2014 2:50:55 AM PST by newnhdad (Our new motto: USA, it was fun while it lasted.)
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To: Brad from Tennessee

ANAL SEX....ANAL SEX.....ANAL SEX!!! It’s ALL the Left think about....except KILLING BABIES!!!


15 posted on 01/23/2014 3:06:53 AM PST by Ann Archy (Abortion......the Human Sacrifice to the god of Convenience.)
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To: Viennacon

Revolt is coming.


16 posted on 01/23/2014 3:26:47 AM PST by Biggirl (“Go, do not be afraid, and serve”-Pope Francis)
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To: Brad from Tennessee

This is another example of why the “living constitution” is such a fraud. This attorney general voted FOR the constitutional amendment just a few years ago. Now he thinks the state constitution is unconstitutional under the federal constitution. What changed? The living federal constitution.

A living constitution means whatever you want it to mean, which means it means nothing.

This is a violation of his oath of office, just 10 days into office, and an impeachable offense.


17 posted on 01/23/2014 4:29:23 AM PST by Captain Jack Aubrey (There's not a moment to lose.)
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To: Brad from Tennessee

First the communists seize power in Virginia and now satan moves in.


18 posted on 01/23/2014 4:36:57 AM PST by LibLieSlayer (FROM MY COLD, DEAD HANDS! BETTER DEAD THAN RED!)
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To: newnhdad

Actually, Northern Virginia and Hampton Roads elected the SOBs. . .and oddly enough, districts that routinely reported totals within an hour of the polls closing, reported 3-4 hours late this time. . . destroying the lead of the Conservatives.

Funny how that works. . .


19 posted on 01/23/2014 4:38:23 AM PST by Salgak (http://catalogoftehburningstoopid.blogspot.com 100% all-natural snark !)
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To: Salgak

it was totally predictable that it came down to Fairfax. I told my wife that they needed to figure out how many votes they needed to call in the mysterious car with a trunk filled with just enough ballots.

Now we’re stuck with a witch hunt that will ensnare Cuccinelli, and four years of the Governor and AG of the People’s Republic of NoVa telling the rest of the Commonwealth that gay marriage and gun registration will help lower unemployment and improve education.


20 posted on 01/23/2014 4:45:09 AM PST by newnhdad (Our new motto: USA, it was fun while it lasted.)
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To: Brad from Tennessee

So, who in the state has standing?


21 posted on 01/23/2014 5:01:47 AM PST by fwdude ( You cannot compromise with that which you must defeat.)
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To: Ann Archy

ANAL SEX....ANAL SEX.....ANAL SEX!!! It’s ALL the Left think about....except KILLING BABIES!!!

**

Really! They’re not in office 10 minutes and this is the FIRST thing they make a beeline for ...what is it with these guys? Is this homosexual lobby just that damn powerful? I guess it is ..or maybe some of these “representatives” are members of it themselves!

Never seen such a fervor for any other cause, EVER.


22 posted on 01/23/2014 6:36:55 AM PST by LibsRJerks
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To: LibsRJerks
..or maybe some of these “representatives” are members of it themselves!

I believe the answer to your question is in the above cite.

Things that are held dearer than life to Democrats are as follows: 1. Homosexual acts. 2. The murder of unborn and partial born babies and any other shedding of innocent blood. 3. Lies, deceit. and treachery. 4.Any sex act such as buggery and bestiality that are too repugnant to mention. 5. Hatred of Almighty God and everything that is god and decent.6. Unlimited political power.

23 posted on 01/23/2014 6:51:30 AM PST by sport
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To: sport

Must be. I think that we can basically assume that the FIRST thing you move to change once in office is what you care most about.

And we can see that here with our new Virginia Democrats.

Forget unemployment, education, traffic problems, or what have you ... anal sex trumps it ALL for these people.


24 posted on 01/23/2014 6:56:27 AM PST by LibsRJerks
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To: LibsRJerks

I agree that sex is number one as far as the Democrats are concerned, followed closely by the murder of the unborn.


25 posted on 01/23/2014 7:02:00 AM PST by sport
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To: Brad from Tennessee
I'm leaving Northern Virginia next week. Conservatives are so divided, and the immigrant children from the 80s and 90s are now at voting age.

Virginia is done. Stick a fork in her.

26 posted on 01/23/2014 7:25:51 AM PST by Salvavida (The restoration of the U.S.A. starts with filling the pews at every Bible-believing church.)
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To: BenLurkin

This is a repeat of California where none of the elected statewide offices defended Prop 8 in court leading to Hollingsworth v. Perry. The SCOTUS let stand a lower court ruling throwing out Prop 8 based on the lack of of standing from the defendants of Prop 8. The question is does the GOP controlled VA lower house have standing to defend the VA ban on gay marriage, as in the case of the House of Rep defending DOMA in the Windsor case.


27 posted on 01/23/2014 7:30:00 AM PST by C19fan
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To: Ray76

He’s a Typical dem. Meanwhile, the RINOS in Virginia sit there watching and do absolutely nothing.


28 posted on 01/23/2014 7:53:35 AM PST by opres
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To: Brad from Tennessee

Virginia is where 21 to 24 percent of state residents are collecting Federal government paychecks.Adding their families it makes a voting block of about 37 percent.


29 posted on 01/23/2014 8:12:35 AM PST by managusta (The first sign of maturity is the discovery that the volume knob also turns to the left.)
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To: Ann Archy

Don’t forget carpet munching.


30 posted on 01/23/2014 8:17:16 AM PST by Resolute Conservative
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To: Brad from Tennessee

Stolen election. Lawless Attorney General.


31 posted on 01/23/2014 8:37:14 AM PST by fieldmarshaldj (Resist We Much)
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To: Viennacon

Democrats are criminals period.


32 posted on 01/23/2014 9:37:33 AM PST by rockinqsranch (Dems, Libs, Socialists, call 'em what you will. They ALL have fairies livin' in their trees.)
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To: MissMagnolia

And we’re working really hard, spending cash and brain cells, to meat all this with constitutional amendments. If (and it’s a big if) anything comes out of the state convention, nothing stops the progs from taking a big crap on it.


33 posted on 01/23/2014 9:42:30 AM PST by demshateGod (The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God.)
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To: Brad from Tennessee
[Herring, too, had voted against same-sex marriage eight years ago, when he was a state senator. But he has said that his views have changed since then. . .]

Herring likely changed his view when Obama “evolved” in 2012 after a group of fat-cat gay donors threatened to withhold campaign contributions to Democrats if Obama didn't change his stand. After that most Democrats fell in line.

34 posted on 01/23/2014 12:39:52 PM PST by Brad from Tennessee (A politician can't give you anything he hasn't first stolen from you.)
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To: markomalley
Elections have consequences.

They do indeed.

The question is, how many consequences do we have to face before we admit that what we're doing isn't working?
35 posted on 01/23/2014 5:04:34 PM PST by highball ("I never should have switched from scotch to martinis." -- the last words of Humphrey Bogart)
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To: Brad from Tennessee

Herring is an illegitimate usurper.


36 posted on 01/23/2014 11:43:42 PM PST by Impy (RED=COMMUNIST, NOT REPUBLICAN)
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To: BenLurkin

Elections have consequences. The entire commonwealth of Virginia is now controlled by the sodomite-loving democrats. Only a matter of time before they become the first Southern state in the country to allow queer “marriage”. It makes no difference at all what the people want. Either a democrat judge will rule it legal, or the Clinton-stooge governor will sign an executive order making it legal.


37 posted on 01/24/2014 7:32:44 PM PST by NKP_Vet (O)
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To: SECURE AMERICA

For the second offense of sodomy George Washington had you shot.


38 posted on 01/24/2014 7:34:07 PM PST by NKP_Vet (O)
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To: sport

When DADT was lifted in the military, at the same time they also lifted the crimes of sodomy and bestiality, which had been illegal in the US Armed Forces since the founding of the country.


39 posted on 01/24/2014 7:40:15 PM PST by NKP_Vet (O)
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To: Salgak
Isn't it though. I followed the election and the fix was in. It was DC area that stole the election for AG.

It's recall time!

40 posted on 01/27/2014 9:20:46 AM PST by gr8eman (How ya doin Bob?...Bitchen!)
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