Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring “From Marriage Equality to Campus Safety: The Role of the Modern Attorney General”

Friday, September 12, 2014
Mark Herring

The University of Virginia’s Women, Gender & Sexuality Program will host Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring.  He will discuss the role of the Virginia Attorney General’s office in issues such as same-sex marriage and campus safety, and he will field questions from the audience. The event is free and open to the public,to be held in the Kaleidoscope Room, on the 3rd floor of Newcomb Hall. .
The Women, Gender & Sexuality Program is hosting Herring in partnership with the UVA Department of Politics, the UVA Women’s Center and the UVA LGBT Center.
Same-sex marriage has been a topic of heated controversy in the Commonwealth, and Herring will discuss the role of the Attorney General’s office in resolving this issue.  A recent court decision in Bostic v. Rainey overturned Virginia’s ban on recognition of same-sex marriages.  The case was appealed to the Fourth Circuit, which also overturned the ban, and is now before the United States Supreme Court.  Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring’s office refused to defend the ban on same-sex marriage, with Herring declaring that “I believe the freedom to marry is a fundamental right … As Attorney General, I cannot and will not defend laws that violate Virginians’ rights”.
Herring received a BA from the University of Virginia in 1983, majoring in foreign affairs and economics, and also an MA in foreign affairs in 1987.  His law degree is from the University of Richmond.
All welcome, free of charge, Q & A and reception to follow talk

4:00pm
Newcomb Hall, Kaleidescope Room