Herring: Va. gay couples entitled to equal justice

Posted at 6:41 PM, Apr 11, 2014
and last updated 2014-04-11 18:41:27-04

RICHMOND, Va. (WTVR) -- Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring has told a federal appeals court that gay couples are entitled to equal justice under law.

Herring filed the response Friday with the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond in support of a federal court's decision in Norfolk in February which declared Virginia’s same-sex marriage ban unconstitutional.

The judge in that case also imposed a stay on such marriages until the appeals were over.

Herring refused to defend the marriage ban, saying the law violated people's rights.

The appeals court will hear arguments in the case on May 13.