Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane refuses to defend the state’s gay marriage ban

ShoesPennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane has refused the defend the state’s ban on gay marriage.

The former civil lawyer and district attorney told reporters at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia earlier today:

“I cannot ethically defend the constitutionality of Pennsylvania’s [law banning same-sex marriage], where I believe it to be wholly unconstitutional.”

Earlier this week the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) filed a lawsuit on behalf of 21 Pennsylvanian residents seeking recognition for their same sex relationships within the state. Known as Whitewood v. Corbett, the suit aims to legalise gay marriage within the state.

The task of defending Pennsylvania ban would normally fall to Kane as Attorney General, but will now be left to Governor Tom Corbett, who is reported to be opposed to same sex marriage. Both were named in the ACLU suit.

Pennsylvania is the only state in the north-eastern region of the United States which does not allow either same sex marriage or civil unions.

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