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Will Kane defend PA law banning gay marriage?

Written by The Associated Press | Jul 11, 2013 6:17 AM
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(Harrisburg) -- The elected official tasked with defending Pennsylvania's laws also supports same-sex marriage, but now Attorney General Kathleen Kane faces a decision about whether to defend a law that bans it. 

Kane, a Democrat, was scheduled to talk to reporters Thursday at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia.

So far, she's been silent on a day-old legal challenge to the state law banning same-sex marriage.

Pennsylvania law says it's her duty to defend the constitutionality of state laws. But it also says the attorney general may allow lawyers for the governor's office or agencies to defend a lawsuit if it's more efficient or in the state's best interests.
That means Republican Governor Tom Corbett, who opposes gay marriage, could end up defending the law. Corbett's office isn't commenting on whether he will.

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