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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.

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - Rhode Island's Roman Catholic bishop says many of Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine's views conflict with "well-established Catholic teachings."

Kaine, a Catholic, was chosen as Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton's running mate Friday.

Bishop Thomas Tobin in a Facebook post Saturday took issue with Kaine's positions on abortion, same-sex marriage, gay adoptions and the ordination of women. Tobin says it's apparent Kaine's faith is not "central to his public, political life."

His spokeswoman said Monday he had nothing to add.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Republican lawmakers are set to try again on a trio of bills that Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe vetoed earlier this year.

GOP lawmakers announced they had pre-filed legislation on Monday, the first day to do so ahead of the 2017 General Assembly session.

The legislation includes a bill to allow school security officers to carry guns, a bill to clarify that subscription-based primary care service is not insurance and a bill to limit the influence of labor unions on small business franchises.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - The state Senate has given final legislative approval to a bill removing homosexuality from the definition of misconduct that would serve as grounds for divorce.

The legislation, which was approved unanimously on Thursday, strikes both "homosexuality" and "lesbianism" from the definition of marital misconduct.

The measure now goes to Democratic Gov. Jack Markell, who signed legislation in 2013 legally recognizing same-sex marriage in Delaware.

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A measure in the Virginia legislature would allow state government officials from having to perform same-sex marriages if it violates their religious beliefs.

The bill also would allow religious organizations and their employees to deny services and facilities for marriage related activities.

The bill was approved by a legislative committee despite the opposition of the American Civil Liberties Union and Equality Virginia.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the legislation was introduced after the U.S. Supreme Court made same-sex marriage legal.

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Oct 7, 2014

In Virginia same-sex couples will be celebrating their nuptials with a state sanctioned marriage license.

The U.S. Supreme Court yesterday declined to hear appeals to enforce a ban on same-sex marriage by five states including Virginia.

That action immediately legalized same-sex marriage in the state.

In Northampton County, the court clerk Traci Johnson said she and her counterparts in the rest of the state will begin receiving instructions and revised forms via email for issuing licenses to same-sex couples.

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WASHINGTON (AP) - The Supreme Court is delaying the start of same-sex marriage in Virginia.

The court on Wednesday granted a request from a county clerk in northern Virginia to block same-sex marriages across the state while the issue is being appealed to the Supreme Court. The court provided no explanation for its order.

Without court intervention, same-sex couples would have been allowed to wed as of Thursday.

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NORFOLK, Va. (AP) - Virginia officials are preparing for the possibility that gay marriages could soon be legal in Virginia.

The State Registrar of Vital Records is drafting a revised marriage license form that will be used if the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals' order ending Virginia's same-sex marriage ban goes into effect Thursday morning.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - The plaintiffs in a court case challenging Virginia's same-sex marriage ban have asked a federal appeals court not to stay its ruling striking down the law.

Last week, a county court clerk in northern Virginia sought to delay the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals' ruling while it is appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court. That 2-1 ruling upheld the decision by a lower district court in Norfolk. The appellate court ruling applies throughout the circuit that also includes West Virginia, Maryland, and the Carolinas.

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Around a thousand people attended Delaware’s Pride Festival in Dover for the first time on Saturday.

It was held there in recognition of the decision by lawmakers to legalize same-sex marriage.

This was the 17th year the Delaware Pride festival has been held in the First State although in the past it had taken place in Rehoboth Beach or New Castle.

The event included drag shows, vendor booths and other entertainment.

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