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01/23/2014 01:15 am ET Updated Jan 24, 2014

Virginia AG Mark Herring To Fight Same-Sex Marriage Ban, Reports Suggest

Virginia's new attorney general Mark Herring is making a major reversal on his state's same-sex marriage stance, according to The Washington Post and NPR.

Herring will announce on Thursday that he finds Virginia's same-sex marriage ban to be unconstitutional, The Washington Post reported.

The move would be going against the position of Herring's predecessor Ken Cuccinelli (R), who once stated, "I cannot support something that I believe brings nothing but self-destruction, not only physically but of their soul."

As the Post points out, Herring, a Democrat, will also be reversing his own stance from eight years ago, when he voted against same-sex marriage.

"As attorney general, I cannot and will not defend laws that violate Virginians' rights," Herring told "Morning Edition."

After a review of a case challenging the state's same-sex marriage ban, Herring concluded, "The commonwealth will be siding with the plaintiffs in this case and with every other Virginia couple whose right to marry is being denied."

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