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Virginian shifts on gay marriage

New attorney general won’t defend ban on same-sex unions

Posted: January 24, 2014 at 5:12 a.m.

Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring speaks at a news conference at his office, Thursday, Jan. 23, 2014, in Richmond, Va., where he stated he has changed his position on the marriage equality case and now supports gay marriage. Herring said he has concluded that the state's ban on gay marriage is unconstitutional, and on Thursday he joined a lawsuit challenging it. (AP Photo/Richmond Times-Dispatch, Bob Brown)

Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring speaks at a news conference at his office, Thursday, Jan. 23, 2014, in Richmond, Va., where he stated he has changed his position on the marriage equality case and now supports gay marriage. Herring said he has concluded that the state's ban on gay marriage is unconstitutional, and on Thursday he joined a lawsuit challenging it. (AP Photo/Richmond Times-Dispatch, Bob Brown)

Virginia’s attorney general said Thursday that he won’t defend the state’s ban on gay marriage and will seek to have the law declared unconstitutional, comparing it to the commonwealth’s prohibition on interracial unions that the U.S. Supreme Court rejected 47 years ago.

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