We’re about two years out from the next round of big state-wide elections, but Virginia’s LGBTQ friendly Attorney General is ready to throw his hat into the ring.
“Over the last 20 months, our Commonwealth has made historic progress that has changed lives for the better,” said Herring in a press release sent out today. “We have shown an increasingly diverse and dynamic Commonwealth a new vision for this job, how it intersects with Virginians lives, and what can be accomplished when the attorney general prioritizes the law and the people he serves.”
Herring, a Democrat from Northern Virginia, narrowly beat out state Sen. Mark Obenshain (R-Harrisonburg) in 2013. Herring was vague about his support for the LGBTQ community until he entered office at which point he announced he would not defends the state’s ban on same-sex marriage.
Since then, herring has over seen a number of changes effecting LGBTQ issues, such as allowing school districts to create protections for teachers, employees and students based on sexual orientation. He also filed a brief supporting legal same-sex marriage when it went before the Supreme Court.
Herring also attended the SCTOUS marriages hearing and spoke with GayRVA after exiting the court house. “I’m proud to have played a part in the conversation to help move marriage equality forward,” said Herring from the Supreme Court Steps. “I was in the Supreme Court standing up for equal treatment for all Virginians.”
“Our future progress as a Commonwealth requires an attorney general who is fiercely and fearlessly committed to promoting justice, equality, and opportunity for all Virginians,” said Herring in today’s statement. “For that reason, I plan to run for re-election as Attorney General.”
The following letter is from Attorney General Mark Herring, which was featured in the 2016 Virginia PrideFest Pride Guide. You can read the guide in its entirety here, otherwise check out words from Herring, below: ———- If there was ever a moment for love, courage, and yes—PRIDE!—this is it! We have come so far together [...]