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Del. Bob Marshall Calls for Attny. General Herring to be Impeached

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Delegate Bob Marshall filed two resolutions, asking lawmakers to determine whether Attorney General Mark Herring should be impeached. Delegate Bob Marshall filed two resolutions, asking lawmakers to determine whether Attorney General Mark Herring should be impeached.
RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) - One state lawmaker says it's time for Attorney General Mark Herring to step down...and he's trying to make it happen himself.

It all comes back to the debate over Virginia's ban on same-sex marriage. Delegate Bob Marshall is accusing the Attorney General of not doing his job and is taking steps to try to get Herring impeached.

"Mark Herring shows no signs in relenting his abuse of power; in fact he shows signs of abusing his authority even further," said Delegate Bob Marshall, who is calling for Herring's resignation. Marshall filed two resolutions Thursday to look into whether Herring can be impeached. Marshall said the Attorney General has abused his power, including his decision not to defend Virginia's ban on same-sex marriage.

In order to impeach Herring, the speaker of the house would have to assign the issue to a committee. A spokesman for Speaker Bill Howell sent this statement to ABC 8News:

"The Speaker has expressed his concerns regarding the Attorney General's actions, but does not believe impeachment is an appropriate or practical recourse at the moment."

ABC 8News Reporter Mark Tenia reached out to the Attorney General's office, who told him in part:

"A small handful of legislators seem to remain oblivious as to how the law works, the role of the Attorney General, and the publicly stated opinion of top legal scholars, who said Herring's actions in the marriage equality case have been appropriate."

Delegate Marshall said that while the speaker may not be on board, there are thousands who are calling for Herring's impeachment.

"I have talked to enough people around the state that I believe there is sufficient support to do this."

A Facebook page with more than 2,400 likes has been set up, in addition to an "Impeach Mark Herring" website

Delegate Marshall believes that if the numbers continue to grow, republican lawmakers could be forced to consider impeachment.

"If enough constituents do this, they will have to get into a fight or face primary opponents in 2015 and frankly, they should."

Stay with ABC 8News on air and online for updates on this developing story.

Copyright 2014 by Young Broadcasting of Richmond

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