From the AG for Mark Herring campaign:
JASON MIYARES SILENT AS HIS ENDORSER AND ALLY KEN CUCCINELLI DOUBLES DOWN ON ANTI-LGBTQ POSITIONS IN ARTICLE IN WASHINGTON TIMES
LEESBURG, Va. – This week, in an article for the Washington Times, Jason Miyares’ endorser and close campaign ally, Ken Cuccinelli, criticized Attorney General Herring for his historical move to support marriage equality and help end Virginia’s outdated and unconstitutional ban on gay marriage. The Washington Times wrote “the former attorney general zeroed in on Mr. Herring’s refusal to uphold the state’s previous ban on same-sex marriage shortly after he took office.”
At the time, Attorney General Herring famously stated: As attorney general, I cannot and will not defend laws that violate Virginians’ rights. The commonwealth will be siding with the plaintiffs in this case and with every other Virginia couple whose right to marry is being denied.
NPR asserted that Attorney General Herring’s historic decision was “key as Virginia moved forward to a more equal and welcoming Commonwealth”.
Virginians do not have to look very far to find out that Jason Miyares shares Ken Cucchinelli’s bigoted positions, The American Independent wrote:
“Miyares, the GOP nominee for attorney general, has a long record of opposing LGBTQ rights. According to Equality Virginia’s 2020 legislative scorecard, he voted against a ban on conversion therapy, safeguards for transgender students in schools, local nondiscrimination protections for LGBTQ people, nonbinary gender markers on Virginia driver’s licenses, and the Virginia Values Act, enacted last year, which prohibits anti-LGBTQ discrimination in housing, employment, credit, and public accommodations.”
“Ken Cuccinelli’s comments to the Washington Times are disturbing to say the least and it is equally disturbing that Jason Miyares has not denounced those comments. Virginia has moved forward to be a more inclusive, equal and welcoming commonwealth and Attorney General Herring’s historic decision to not defend an unconstitutional ban helped to make Virginia one of the best places to live and work in, no matter where you come from, what you look like, or who you love.” said Madia Coleman, Communications Director for Attorney General Herring’s re-election. “Ken Cuccinelli’s regressive positions have been known for years, and yet Miyares still campaigns with and sought the endorsement of Cuccinelli because, as his votes show, he holds the same outdated, hateful beliefs. Virginia cannot and will not move backwards with Jason Miyares.”