Mark D. Obenshain

Virginia AG stands behind his gay marriage decision

Mark Herring was fresh from his inauguration as Virginia's new attorney general in 2014 when he announced that he would not defend the state's constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage.

Herring, a Democrat, voted in favor of the ban as a state senator in 2006, but eight years later, as attorney general, he had a change of heart.

As Herring seeks re-election, that decision has become a constant source of criticism from Herring's Republican challenger, John Adams, an opponent of same-sex marriage. But Herring says he isn't fazed, noting that his position was upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court, which struck down such bans as unconstitutional and effectively legalized gay...