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REPORT: Pennsylvania AG Won't Defend Lawsuit To Overturn Marriage Ban

The Washington Post has the potentially huge news:
Pennsylvania attorney general Kathleen Kane will not defend the state in a federal lawsuit filed this week challenging the constitutionality of the state’s ban on same-sex marriage, lawyers involved in the case said. The American Civil Liberties Union filed suit Tuesday on behalf of 23 Pennsylvania residents, including 10 couples, a widow and two children.

The Philadelphia Daily News first reported Kane’s decision, which she is expected to announce Thursday. The decision was confirmed by lawyers involved in the case, who asked not to be identified because Kane had not made a public announcement. Kane is named as a defendant in the suit, along with the state’s governor Tom Corbett (R-Penn.). Kane is the first woman and the first Democrat ever elected to the position of Pennsylvania state attorney general, which became an elected office in 1980.
The Post notes that a third party could step in to defend the suit. (Tipped by JMG reader Dwight)

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