Letter to the Editor: Attorney general being derelict in his duties


As a proud citizen of the commonwealth of Virginia, I feel the need to call Attorney General Mark Herring to task for what I believe is a dereliction of his duties.

As an elected official, he has been tasked by the citizens of Virginia to uphold the laws of the state. In 2006, the citizens approved a constitutional amendment defining marriage as the union of a man and a woman.

For Herring to joint a lawsuit against the law, simply because he doesn’t agree with it, is just plain wrong. He has the right to do so as a private citizen but not as attorney general.

I disagree with the affordable health care act, but that will not prevent my being fined for not being able to afford health insurance. It’s the law, whether I agree with it or not.

As to the issue of same sex marriage, my personal opinion is one that I know is not in the majority and would not be championed by many. I believe marriage to be a religious institution and as such because of the supposed separation of church and state in this country I believe the right of the state to issue marriage licenses at all should be challenged.

I cannot make the leap that Herring does that marriage is somehow a fundamental right and is being denied by the Protection of Marriage Act.

Harold W. Wetzel, New Market