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Herring Says Virginia Helped Shape National Debate on Same Sex Marriage

The case challenging Virginia’s ban on same sex marriage is not the one now before the Supreme Court, but Attorney General Mark Herring says it helped shape the national debate.

Herring changed Virginia’s position in the case early last year. The 4th circuit court of appeals chose to uphold a lower court decision effectively legalizing same sex marriage. Herring says Virginia previously argued on the wrong side of history on school desegregation and interracial marriage.

1,500 same sex couples have been married in Virginia since the Supreme Court’s non-decision on Virginia’s case last October. Thousands more have seen same sex marriages from other states recognized in the commonwealth.