RICHMOND, Va. — Virginia Republican Del. Bob Marshall says it’s his duty to try and pursue impeachment proceedings against Attorney General Mark Herring.
A handful of African-American ministers joined Marshall on Tuesday at a news conference in Richmond to denounce Herring’s decision to back two same-sex couples challenging state laws. They also criticized Herring’s opposition to a constitutional provision barring gay marriage in Virginia.
The ministers said Herring had misled them about his views on same-sex marriage when he was a candidate for office.
A spokesman for Herring called Marshall’s news conference a “desperate ploy.”
Marshall is the General Assembly’s most outspoken social conservative, and co-authored the state’s 2006 constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage. The ban was struck down by a federal judge earlier this year.
He wants a House of Delegates committee to investigate whether Herring should be impeached for violating his oath of office.
House Republicans leaders have said they do not support Marshall’s effort.