Gay marriage ruling sparks Herring impeachment petition

Posted at 10:14 PM, Feb 15, 2014
and last updated 2014-02-16 10:35:53-05

RICHMOND, Va. (WTVR) -- After a federal judge in Norfolk ruled that Virginia's ban on same-sex marriage was unconstitutional, Attorney General Mark Herring announced his support. In response to his support, one group wrote a petition to have Herring impeached.

Herring called a press conference on Valentine's Day, the day after the ruling.

"Virginians deserved to be treated exactly the same, regardless of their race, gender, religion, or sexual orientation," Herring said during the conference.

As part of the Virginia's Christian Alliance, Don Blake says his organization and others are beginning to weigh their legal options.

"This is all about politics.  It's not about the law.  It's not about moral values and ethics,” Blake said. "This could happen over and over again.  And people should fear this.”

The Virginia Christian Alliance has started a petition stating that Herring isn't fulfilling his duty as attorney general.

Bill Harrison, president of the Richmond Gay Community Foundation, said he's not discouraged by the backlash.

"I expect it, but I say 'bring it on.' They're fighting a losing battle. The Supreme Court of the United States has already ruled in our favor and it's time that we drop the bows and arrows and start learning to live together as Americans,” Harrison said.

Stay with CBS 6 News and for updates on this developing story.