Government & Politics

Quinnipiac Poll
4:06 pm
Thu January 23, 2014

Constituents React

Since Attorney General Mark Herring announced his decision to side with plaintiffs in the lawsuits challenging the state’s ban on gay marriage—reaction is coming in from constituents, and partisan and advocacy groups.

Reporter Sandy Hausman took to the streets of  Crozet  and Charlottesville, and here’s a montage  of the reaction she heard  from folks .

Back in 2006, 57 percent of Virginians approved the same-sex marriage ban.  This summer, a Quinnipiac University poll found the numbers had dropped—down to 43-percent of Virginians opposing gay marriage.

 

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Delegates Question Legal Authority
3:59 pm
Thu January 23, 2014

Shifting Legal Position

He hasn't been on the job for two full weeks, and Virginia's Attorney General Mark Herring is already shaking things up.

While he doesn’t surprise anyone by sticking to his campaign pledge of fighting for marriage equality, he does strike a chord on all sides by saying that Virginia's legal position has shifted.

Herring says he will use his office's resources to join a lawsuit challenging the state Constitution’s provision that upholds traditional marriage.

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Herring Siding with the Plaintiffs
12:26 pm
Thu January 23, 2014

VA's New Attorney General Will Not Defend Gay Marriage Ban

Credit Steve Helber/AP via NPR

Virginia's new attorney general has decided to switch sides in an important case that is challenging the state's constitutional ban on gay marriage.

In an interview with Morning Edition's Steve Inskeep, Democrat Mark Herring said his office will no longer defend the state's ban on same-sex marriages.

"As attorney general, I cannot and will not defend laws that violate Virginians' rights," Herring said. "The commonwealth will be siding with the plaintiffs in this case and with every other Virginia couple whose right to marry is being denied."

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Government & Politics
4:56 pm
Wed January 22, 2014

Domestic Violence Legislation Passes the Virginia Senate

The Virginia State Senate has approved legislation that expands the rights of a person petitioning for a protective order and puts an alleged abuser on the hook for costs associated with some of the victim’s needs and costs.  

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Government & Politics
12:45 pm
Wed January 22, 2014

Tale of Two Gun Rallies

Hundreds of people, some of them armed, were in Richmond Tuesday - hoping to sway lawmakers toward voting for or against further regulation of guns. 

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