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Virginia Attorney General Sends Marriage Equality To U.S. Supreme Court

It looks like the U.S. Supreme Court may have a full docket on their hands! On the heels of the Utah Attorney General's announcement that he's requesting that the Supreme Court review the legality of the state's same-sex marriage ban, Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring is also asking the Supreme Court to review a similar strike down in Virginia.

The only difference, of course, is that Herring supports marriage equality. 

The Washington Post reports:

Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring said Tuesday he would ask the Supreme Court to review a decision that struck down the state’s ban on same-sex marriage, although he supports the lower court’s decision.

The Democrat has chosen not to defend the state’s law, but has also asked for 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to stay its decision because he believes there could be unintended consequences. Herring’s office said it planned to make its filing seeking a Supreme Court review on Friday.

“I believe the district and appeals courts ruled correctly in striking down Virginia’s discriminatory marriage ban, but it has long been clear that the Supreme Court will likely have the final word. I want that decision to come as soon as possible and I want the voices of Virginians to be heard,” Herring said in a statement.

With multiple cases heading in the Court's direction, it seems clear that they're going to have to make a ruling. We hope it's the right one!