Holder gives nod to state AGs to drop defense of gay marriage bans amid court challenges

by FoxNews.com
February 25, 2014

Attorney General Eric Holder has given the nod to his state counterparts that they do not have to defend laws they consider discriminatory — effectively giving the green light for states to stop defending bans on gay marriage.

Holder’s comments, published Tuesday in The New York Times, could fuel what is already a wave of legal challenges at the state level. In the wake of the federal Defense of Marriage Act being struck down by the Supreme Court last year, several Democratic state attorneys general have taken the unusual step of abandoning their defense of state gay marriage bans.

Among the most recent is Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring, who stood by as a U.S. District Court ruled against his state’s prohibition on same-sex marriage. However, his office said Monday that it would appeal that ruling — in the interest of expediting the appeals process.

The U.S. attorney general’s comments could encourage other state officials to follow in Herring’s footsteps.

Holder, in the interview, reportedly said that attorneys general should apply a high level of scrutiny on whether to defend a state law when constitutional issues are at stake.

5 Comments - what are your thoughts?

  • volksnut says:

    the fuc-ing POS criminal bastar- he needs to be held and prosecuted for accessory to murder for ” fast & furious ” for one – TREASON for another along with GROSS DERELICTION OF DUTY FOLLOWED BY CRIMINAL NEGLIGENCE for failing to uphold even the bare minimum requirements of the job hes been HIRED TO DO – I DON’T DO MY JOB AS AN ELECTRICIAN TO THE BEST OF MY ABILITIES – I GET FIRED – So with all of his CRIMINAL NEGLIGENCE and CONTEMPT FOR ANY RULE OF LAW WHATSOEVER – HE FITS RIGHT IN WITH HIS BOSS –

  • cae973 says:

    is there a mrs holder?

  • mudguy1 says:

    Where dose Holder get the authority to tell the states how to enforce there laws?

  • greyhound44 says:

    Huck Folder needs to be eliminated!!

  • James says:

    This ass hole broke the law and now he is telling all the other AG to do the same. That alone is enough to get him removed from office and should be more than enough to get him disbarred. How about it you attorneys
    have you got the balls to bring this ass hole up before the bar. Congress have you got the balls to impeach this criminal and put him in prison?

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