Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring said on Friday said that he was “proud” of a federal ruling declaring invalid Virginia's ban on gay marriage.

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“This case is about whether our friends, our neighbors, our co-workers, our family members are entitled to the joy, recognition, and benefits of marriage that opposite sex couples now take for granted,” Herring said during a news conference. “As Attorney General, I'm proud that the commonwealth is on the right side of the law in this case.”

Last month, Herring announced that his office would not defend the law in court and instead would file a brief in support of the two couples challenging the ban.

U.S. District Judge Arenda Wright Allen stayed her ruling pending an appeal to the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond.

Herring said that Allen's decision was the latest federal ruling since the Supreme Court decision in United States v. Windsor to “agree with me” on the issue of marriage equality. (Video from the press conference is embedded on this page. Visit our video library for more videos.)

He added that his office is taking “steps to make sure the case progresses as rapidly as possible.”

Two appeals courts, the 10th and the 9th, have fast-tracked similar cases.