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Attorney General Kane Will Not Defend PA Gay Marriage Ban

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PHILADELPHIA -

Pennsylvania's Attorney General makes a bold statement, saying she will not represent the state in a recent lawsuit challenging Pennsylvania's ban on gay marriage.

Attorney General Kathleen Kane visited the National Constitution Center in Old City today and gave a speech.

Earlier this week, ten couples filed a federal lawsuit against the state.

Kane says both the state and Federal constitutions promise equality for all people, which is why she's not picking up the case.

"Based upon this legal analysis, I cannot ethically defend the constitutionality of Pennsylvania's version of DOMA when I believe it to be wholly unconstitutional," Kane told a crowd of listeners at the National Constitution Center.

The ACLU issued a statement in support of Kane:

"We are pleased that the Attorney General recognizes what we have long known - that Pennsylvania's ban on marriage for same-sex couples is indefensible. We look forward to continuing the fight to make sure that one day every Pennsylvanian will be free to marry the person he or she loves."

The task of defending the ban on gay marriage now falls to governor Tom Corbett, who faces re-election next year.

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