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Posted on 07/11/2013 10:14:35 AM PDT by Sub-Driver
Pennsylvania attorney general refuses to defend state in same-sex lawsuit
By Dave Warner
PHILADELPHIA (Reuters) - Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane refused on Thursday to fight a lawsuit brought by the American Civil Liberties Union challenging the state's ban on same-sex marriage.
The lawsuit is believed to be the first federal case since the U.S. Supreme Court ruled on June 26 that the U.S. government must recognize same-sex marriages in states where it is legal.
Kane, a Democrat who supports same-sex marriage, announced her decision at a press conference in the National Constitution Center in historic Philadelphia.
By declining to defend the state, Kane effectively tosses the issue to Governor Tom Corbett, who can decide to appoint another state lawyer to the task.
Kane and Corbett, a Republican who opposes gay marriage, are both named in the federal lawsuit that was filed in Harrisburg this week.
The ACLU sued on behalf of 23 people, including potential marriage candidates whose unions would not be recognized under current Pennsylvania law.
The lawsuit asks the court to allow the plaintiffs and all other same-sex couples the right to marry in Pennsylvania, and also asks that the marriages of same-sex couples validly obtained in other states be recognized by the state.
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The supreme court ruled on prop 8 like this - if the state will not defend its laws no one can and we are all screwed.
Oaths mean nothing to some people.
Usually the ones who hate America.
Yep, this is the new liberal tactic. Just refuse to defend a law in court, then the court has no choice but to rule for homosexual marriage.
The liberals would be outraged if this tactic were used against any law which liberals favored. But we all know that liberals do no have consistent standards. The criteria are, whatever pushes forward the liberal agenda.
He's a lawyer - for him oaths and the law are just there to be used or not used as convenient.
So the ACLU, by default, gets to redefine marriage for everyone. Gov. Corbett could order her to do the job she was elected to do, but since she was elected and not appointed, I'm not sure how far that would get.
When I voted for General Kane last November this wasn’t on the horizon—and I voted for her only because her opponent had been part of the problem with the slow pace of the Jerry Sandusky poofter pedophilia investigation.
Buyers remorse? Yea verily.
I hope it keeps you awake at night for a long, long time. Never, EVER vote for a dimocRAT, I don’t care what reason you thought it was right. Obviously you now see the error of your ways.
It has been since Ronald Reagan was in office that a dimocRAT had any measure of worth. I’ll take a slow Republican over a dimocRAT 100 out of 100 times.
Thankfully you can bet that Corbett WILL appoint another lawyer.
This is anarchy or the mark of a totalitarian regime which enforces laws only when and where they want against their enemies. Kane needs to be quickly removed from office by the Governor or the people. This is also malfeasance in office. Perhaps there is a law enforcement angle that could be pursed.
Refuse to pay/employee this servant of the people then.
Mandamus the Libtard Lawyerette.
it’s bad enough voting for republicans that really are democrats.
I hear ya! I live in Washington State.
I figure, you go left after election, then you get primaried and hopefully taken out before the general election.
Does this mean the rest of us get to choose which laws we obey or not? After all, that would be true equality if we got the same privileges of those in the liberal ruling class.