Statement from Attorney General's Office Director of Communications Michael Kelly

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Attorney General Herring is committed to equality under the law and understands this is a pressing issue of fairness and competitiveness as we try to attract top-notch talent to the Commonwealth.

Unfortunately, Virginia's constitutional ban on marriage equality forces the state to treat same-sex couples as second-class citizens. That's wrong, and it's why Attorney General Herring became the first attorney general in the country to successfully argue in court that his state's constitutional ban on marriage equality should be struck down.

The best solution is recognition of the constitutional right for all couples to marry, but until that fight is won, he will continue working with our schools to find any options within the current law to provide the benefits they seek.