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Virginia’s attorney general to fight gay marriage ban

Widening legal battle reaches 1st state in South

RICHMOND, Va. — Gay marriage moved closer to gaining its first foothold in the South when Virginia’s attorney general said Thursday that the state’s ban on same-sex matrimony is unconstitutional and he will join the fight to get it struck down.

‘‘It’s time for the commonwealth to be on the right side of history and the right side of the law,’’ newly elected Democrat Mark R. Herring said in a state that fiercely resisted school integration and interracial marriage in the 1950s and ’60s.

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