RICHMOND, Va. (AP)- Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring's refusal to defend the state's ban on same-sex marriage has become a pivotal issue in his re-election campaign.
Herring voted in favor of the ban as a state senator in 2006, but eight years later, as attorney general, the Democrat had a change of heart.
Herring's Republican challenger, John Adams, has made Herring's switch a constant source of criticism on the campaign trial.
Herring says he is unfazed by the criticism. He said his decision was right in terms of the law and right for Virginia's families.