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Friday, February 21, 2014

Courts - "Six attorneys general won’t defend their own state’s gay-marriage bans"

Niraj Chokshi has the story today in the Washington Post. A few quotes:

The attorneys general of at least six states have in recent years said they won’t defend their states’s bans on same-sex marriage because they violate the federal or state constitution.

Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum became the latest to join that group on Thursday when, in a filing challenging Oregon’s ban on same-sex marriage, she said the state “cannot withstand a federal constitutional challenge under any standard of review.”

Here’s how these attorneys general — the states’ top law enforcement officers — explained their refusal to support their state’s ban on gay marriage: [ILB: you'll have to check the story, but the states are Oregon, Nevada*, Virginia, Pennsylvania,California, and Illinois.]
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*In Nevada, however, Ind. AG Zoeller has filed an amicus brief on behalf of the State of Indiana defending Nevada's same sex marriage prohibition.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on February 21, 2014 10:22 AM
Posted to Courts in general