Pennsylvania AG Won't Defend Gay Marriage Ban
Sources say Kathleen Kane will make announcement today
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Jul 11, 2013 8:53 AM CDT
Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane smiles during the singing of America, the Beautiful after she took her oath of office at the state Capitol, Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2013, in Harrisburg, Pa.   (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

(Newser) – Pennsylvania's own attorney general won't defend the state's gay marriage ban, which is being challenged in a federal lawsuit, according to multiple sources, including lawyers involved in the case, who talked to the Philadelphia Daily News and the Washington Post. Kathleen Kane, the state's first Democrat AG, is expected to make the official announcement today. She and Gov. Tom Corbett are named as defendants in the lawsuit, and the Atlantic Wire notes that Corbett opposes gay marriage and will likely have no problem defending the ban.

Pennsylvania law allows the governor's legal team to defend a state law instead of the attorney general's office; a third party could also step up to defend the ban, as happened in the case of California's Prop 8 battle. Kane's decision isn't much of a surprise: The AP questioned yesterday whether she would defend the ban, since she supports gay marriage. She's scheduled to talk with reporters at Philadelphia's National Constitution Center today.

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BeingStill
Jul 14, 2013 11:54 AM CDT
AG's job - regardless of whether they "like" the law or not - is to defend and uphold the state Constitution and the laws under it! PERIOD! She needs to resign or be fired... and then replaced! Either way, she needs to GO!
Liberalismiscancer
Jul 12, 2013 2:08 PM CDT
Ahh, another pretty face and empty head aspiring to the Governor's mansion.........
Tuthinadvertizing
Jul 12, 2013 12:06 PM CDT
All the AG's of all the states of the USA are derelict in there duty right now and have been derelict in duty since Roe/Wade gave them a excuse to ignore all of the goings on at Abortion clinics. With the conviction of Kermit the murderer of newborn babies, it is crystal clear that abortionist in the coarse of murdering unborn babies, often are presented with a live newborn baby that they subsequently murder in violation of the law that exist now, a law that is not debated by anyone or claimed to be a intrusion on privacy like the contention of the Roe/Wade ruling claiming the murder of unborn babies, happening in the whom of a woman some how is to be excused because of privacy(a totally fabricated fraudulent argument) So not only are all the AG's covering there own criminal actions by not recognizing abortion as murder, they are openly ignoring the murders of newborns by the thousands that have no court ruling by any court directing the AG's to ignore these capital crimes. The state AG's are in fact accessories to these crimes by there lack of interest in prosecuting them and there mind set of agreement with the idea of genocide.