Does Jason Miyares Support Glenn Youngkin on Opposition to Marriage Equality?

October 22, 2021

Washington, DC -— The Associated Press reported today that Republican candidate for Virginia Governor Glenn Youngkin opposes same-sex marriage in a recent interview. 

As the AP reports, “Asked in the same interview whether his faith shapes his view of same-sex marriage, Youngkin responded with a vagueness common in his answers to questions about policy. He reiterated that he feels ‘called to love everyone.’ Pressed on whether that was intended to convey support for same-sex marriage, he responded: ‘No.’”

Youngkin’s out-of-touch views on LGBTQ+ rights are right in line with his GOP ticket-mate running for Attorney General, Jason Miyares. Miyares has a long record of opposing LGBTQ+ rights. According to Equality Virginia’s 2020 legislative scorecard, he voted against a ban on conversion therapy, safeguards for transgender students in schools, local nondiscrimination protections for LGBTQ people, nonbinary gender markers on Virginia driver’s licenses, and the Virginia Values Act, enacted last year, which prohibits anti-LGBTQ discrimination in housing, employment, credit, and public accommodations.

In sharp contrast, Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring took the historic step of joining the fight for marriage equality just 12 days into his first term, winning at the district court and appeals court before the United States Supreme Court let the decision stand, bringing marriage equality to the Commonwealth within 10 months of his taking office. He’s been an outspoken leader in Virginia and nationally on protecting LGBTQ+ students, teachers and employees from discrimination and harassment in public schools and higher education. 

Virginians can trust AG Herring to protect their LGBTQ+ rights. But can they trust Jason Miyares to do the same?

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