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WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- On Friday, Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring asked the Supreme Court of the United States to review the district and appeals court's decisions striking down the Commonwealth's same-sex marriage ban as unconstitutional.

READ THE PETITION FOR A WRIT OF CERTIORARI HERE: http://1.usa.gov/1r0mC3R

According to the Office of the Attorney General, "Herring is the first state attorney general to successfully argue in court at the district and appellate levels that a state marriage ban is unconstitutional, and the first who supports marriage equality to petition the Supreme Court for review."

It notes that "Prince William County Clerk of Court Michèle McQuigg, who opposes marriage equality, has already said she intends to petition for certiorari, but by filing now, the Attorney General may enable the Court to consider the case more quickly."

Several steps will need to be taken before the justices could take up the petition, which could take weeks.

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