RICHMOND, Va. - Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring says he will no longer defend the state's ban on same-sex marriages.

- Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring has concluded that the state's ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional and he will no longer defend it in federal lawsuits challenging it, his office said Thursday.

Herring spokesman Michael Kelly confirmed to CBS News that the state will instead side with the plaintiffs who are seeking to have the ban struck down. The Associated Press first reported the story.

Herring planned to file a brief Thursday morning with the federal court in Norfolk, where one of the lawsuits is, notifying the court of the state's change in position in the case, Kelly said.

The attorney general decided the ban was unconstitutional after a thorough legal review of the matter, Kelly said.

MLK Day on Monday. Snow Day on Tuesday. Ex-Governor Vaginal Probe Bob and his wife indicted on Wednesday.

Now this.