Looking to Get on the ‘Right Side of History,’ Virginia Attorney General Supports Gay Marriage

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RICHMOND, VA - JANUARY 8:Republican Senator Thomas Norment, L, greets Democrat Attorney General-elect Mark Herring, R, as Virginia's General Assembly re-convenes following holiday break at the Virginia State Capitol on Wednesday, January 8, 2014, in Richmond, VA.  The legislature convenes for the first time in 2014 with the control of the legislature in the balance and with a Democratic governor poised to take power.(Photo by Jahi Chikwendiu/The Washington Post)
Mark Herring Photo: Jahi Chikwendiu/The Washington Post

When he was a state senator eight years ago, Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring voted against allowing same-sex marriage in the state. But now, the Washington Post reports, his views have changed, and the Democratic successor to Republican Ken Cuccinelli II plans to file a brief in support of a lawsuit by two same-sex couples asking a federal court to strike down the state's gay-marriage ban. Herring's office circulated an e-mail early on Thursday explaining he'd concluded that the gay-marriage ban was unconstitutional. According to the Post, Herring plans to announce on Thursday that after taking the "wrong side" in legal fights over school desegregation, interracial marriage, and single-sex education at the Virginia Military Institute, he wants the commonwealth to get on the "right side of the law and history" with regards to same-sex marriage.