Defending the family

US AG Eric Holder Says State AGs Can Ignore Established Law On Marriage

The New York Times reports:

Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. on Monday injected the Obama administration into the emotional and politicized debate over the future of state same-sex marriage bans, declaring in an interview that state attorneys general are not obligated to defend laws that they believe are discriminatory............

Six state attorneys general --all Democrats - have refused to defend bans on same-sex marriage, prompting criticism from Republicans who say they have a duty to stand behind their state laws, even if they do not agree with them...........

"It really isn't his job to give us advice on defending our constitutions any more than it's our role to give him advice on how to do his job," said Attorney General J. B. Van Hollen of Wisconsin, a Republican. "We are the ultimate defenders of our state constitutions."

Public Advocate notes Delegate Bob Marshall, a Virginia Republican Delegate, has filed legal complaints (a bar complaint and law suit) against Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring for his wrongful actions in refusing to enforce the constitutional amendment passed in that state.

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/02/25/us/holder-says-state-attorneys-general-dont-have-to-defend-gay-marriage-bans.html?_r=0

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