Herring creates Office of Civil Rights within Virginia Attorney General’s Office – WAVY.com

Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring speaks to reporters outside the Arlington County Courthouse in Arlington, Va., Monday, Oct. 6, 2014, following a Supreme Court decision rejecting gay marriage appeals from 5 states.

Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring has created an Office of Civil Rights within the Virginia Attorney General’s Office, an expansion that focuses on protecting Virginians from discrimination and other civil rights issues.

Herring wants to make the new department announced Tuesday permanent through legislation.

Alfonso Lopez were blocked by Republican-controlled committees, Mark Herring says.

The creation of the civil rights office was also a major cause of Herring’s challenger in the Democratic primary, Norfolk Del.

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