At the yearly festival held by Virginia Pride, Governor Terry McAuliffe praised the four plaintiffs challenging the state’s ban on same-sex marriage, reports The Richmond Times-Dispatch.
“It’s a new day in Virginia,” McAuliffe announced as he spoke to crowds at PrideFest. “I feel good things are happening and we’re going to have marriage equality here in the commonwealth of Virginia,” he continued.
In the speech McAuliffe highlighted his work on gay issues, specifically to his executive order that banned discrimination in the workforce based on sexual orientation or gender identity. He also made the decision to dub June as LGBTQ Pride month, the first proclamation of it’s kind by a Virginia governor.
McAuliffe also commended Attorney General Mark R. Herring for his decision not to defend the state’s same-sex marriage ban as he considers himself a “great leader” on the issue of the legalization of same-sex marriage.
The governor also pointed out the economic value that the legalization of same-sex marriage would have saying “You cannot grow an economy when you put up walls around Virginia.” McAuliffe concluded his powerful speech with this insight, “And let our message go to the globe: No matter who you love, we want you here in Virginia.”