Philadelphia, Pa., Jul 13, 2013 / 07:10 am
The attorney general of Pennsylvania has said she will not defend a state law defining marriage as a union of a man and a woman in court because she does not agree with it.
Thomas Peters, a spokesman for the National Organization for Marriage, said the action shows that the recent U.S. Supreme Court rulings favoring same-sex unions "set a bad precedent" that will allow elected officials "to not represent the will of the people when they find it expedient."
Peters told the Washington Post that the attorney general's move is a "pocket veto" of the law.
Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane, a Democrat, said July 11 she believes the 1996 marriage legislation is "wholly unconstitutional." She said she was obligated not to defend the case "because I endorse equality and anti-discrimination laws."