VA AG Herring reacts to same-sex marriage ruling

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring gave his support Friday to a federal judge's ruling overturning the Commonwealth's same-sex marriage ban.

"As Attorney General I'm proud that Virginia is on the right side of the law in this case," said Herring, who refused to defend the ban upon taking office last month.

Virginia became the first state in the South to overturn a voter-approved prohibition of same-sex marriage Thursday night, when a federal judge ruled the Commonwealth's ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional.

Gay couples in Virginia will still not be able to marry until the case is ultimately resolved, which will likely entail a Supreme Court decision on the case or one like it.

A judge in Kentucky ruled Wednesday that the state must recognize same-sex marriages performed in other states.

A Chesterfield couple, Carol Schall and Mary Townley, and a Norfolk couple are at the center of the case. The Norfolk couple, Timothy Bostic and Tony London, were denied a marriage license by the Norfolk Circuit Court on July 1, shortly after the Supreme Court struck down parts of the federal Defense of Marriage Act.

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