The outrageous decision by Virginia's newly-elected Attorney General, Mark Herring, to ignore the will of the people and the commonwealth's constitution by refusing to defend Virginia's marriage amendment has caused a firestorm. We called on legislators in Richmond to respond boldly and they are.
William Howell (R), Speaker of the House of Delegates, blasted Herring's action for "the dangerous precedent it sets with regard to the rule of law." Howell added that Herring had demonstrated "great disregard for the legislative and democratic processes."
State Senator Richard Black said, "I don't know what the difference between a dictatorship and this is." Something is definitely wrong when 57% of the people can be ignored by a politician who won his office by just 900 votes. Delegate Robert Marshall said, "We appropriate money for people to defend the Constitution, not to attack it. This is a complete dereliction of his duty."
There have been calls for impeachment too, but the votes are not there since Democrats now control the state Senate. Fortunately, several members of the General Assembly are exploring other legal remedies, from defending the law themselves to suing Herring for the misuse of funds.