U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder Speaks at UVA Forum
Eric Holder on American Forum
U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder talked about same-sex marriage when he paid a visit to the University of Virginia Thursday to take part in the Miller Center's American Forum. American Forum is the Miller Center's weekly public-affairs program that airs across the country on public television.
The forum was part of the UVA's commemoration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and focused on topics ranging from civil rights, to mass incarceration in the nation's prisons, as well as national security and privacy concerns.
Holder went through a similar situation as Mark Herring when he said his office would no longer defend the Defense Against Marriage Act, citing its constitutionality.
"The States are the one that typically deal with questions of marriage. But, ultimately I think the Supreme Court is going to have to kind of front these questions about the constitutionality of statutes or the policies of states that would forbid same-sex marriages," said Holder.
Holder is the first African-American become U.S. attorney general. The forum was hosted by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Douglas Blackmon.