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Four Mean State Lawyers Standing in the Way of Marriage

Montana AG Tim Fox

Montana AG Tim Fox

Hey, come on, Attorneys General. Stop being such jerks.

We’re talking specifically to you, John Suthers (Colorado), J. B. Van Hollen (Wisconsin), Tim Fox (Montana), and Wayne Stenehjem (North Dakota). These awful guys are responsible for defending their state’s marriage equality bans, even after voters make it clear that they’ve had a change of heart on the issue.

Last week, a survey in Wisconsin showed that 56 percent of voters want the marriage ban overturned. (Just 37 percent want to keep it.) Nevertheless, Van Hollen filed a brief in an appeal of a ruling that the ban is unconstitutional. His colleagues in other states have taken similar measures, from filing briefs of their own to simply making loathsome public statements about defending discriminatory laws.

We’d be tempted to blame this all on men, but there’s at least one female Attorney General guilty of the same evilness: Pam Bondi of Florida, who’s fighting a whole bunch of lawsuits from gay and lesbian couples. Maybe this is one of those phenomena that should have stayed confined to Florida and spared the rest of the country.

Of course, they’re mostly hiding behind the “I have no choice but to defend state law” defense. But that’s no excuse: Attorneys General in Oregon and California took a look at the law, and decided that it was unconstitutional and unworthy of defense. And then there’s officials like Boulder County Clerk Hillary Hall, who’s been issuing marriage licenses for about a month. Last week a court ruled that she was free to continue doing so, because even though the law is still on the books, it’s a terrible law.

So the next time you see a state Attorney General who says they have no choice but to defend a marriage ban, remember that that’s just code for: “I would rather pander to my anti-gay base than obey the U. S. Constitution.”

By:           matt baume
On:           Jul 28, 2014
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  • 10 Comments
    • BBellairs
      BBellairs

      Add Michigan to that list. Our AG was one of the earliest users of the “I have no choice but to defend the State law” argument, even though subsequent polls have made it clear that the majority in our state now approve of same-sex marriage.

      Jul 28, 2014 at 9:12 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • DarkZephyr
      DarkZephyr

      Pam Bondi is such a hypocrite.

      Jul 28, 2014 at 10:01 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • jon8nhsd
      jon8nhsd

      There’s only 1 reason for them to do this…they are homophobic white male douche bags…gradually losing their power because white men are a minority group in elections

      Jul 28, 2014 at 11:44 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • martysdad2013_873
      martysdad2013_873

      You can also add Ohio’s AG to this list as well. Mike DeWine says he plans on appealing a federal court ruling that Ohio’s ban on same sex marriage is unconstitutional.

      Jul 28, 2014 at 11:57 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • tricky ricky
      tricky ricky

      p@DarkZephyr: what do you mean pam bondi is a hypocrite? she is a firm believer in man woman marriage, she’s on her third one!

      Jul 28, 2014 at 3:13 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • tricky ricky
      tricky ricky

      @martysdad2013_873: he wants to make sure that gay guy can’t be buried next to his dead partner.

      Jul 28, 2014 at 3:14 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Dakotahgeo
      Dakotahgeo

      ROFLMAO!!! I hail from the State of North Dakota, being born there. Grand Forks had to have a fuc*in’ flood and devastating fire in the 90s just to bring them into the 19th century. The GF hoidy-toidies hosted a major airplane factory reception and fed the reps on styrofoam plastic dinnerware and paper cups! Obviously they took the next stagecoach outta Dodge and built their factory somewhere else! For some ungodly reason, the rural kinfolk think that the Repugnican Party was sent from heaven to usher them into prosperity and the Repugs have shit on them every chance they get and they STILL don’t see the light. The Baaken Basin Oil reserves will supply all the energy the NATION needs for the next 42 years (yeah… look it up!)and they probably don’t even know what sex is, much less same sex marriage!… If it feels good, keep doing it mentality! I could go on and on but I think you get the picture! Maybe they’ll figger out how to use a toaster in due time!

      Jul 28, 2014 at 3:40 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • DickieJohnson
      DickieJohnson

      What a waste of state taxpayer monies! Surely all of thode AGs can see the top of the oncoming tsunami of Federal court decisions overturning the SSM bans.

      @Dakotahgeo: Rev., and everyone talks about MS bein’ back’ard ‘n ign’rant! Pffft!

      Jul 28, 2014 at 10:32 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Dakotahgeo
      Dakotahgeo

      @DickieJohnson: Ah calls ‘em as Ah sees ‘em! My comment stands! Thanks!

      Jul 29, 2014 at 12:25 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • 1EqualityUSA
      1EqualityUSA

      These law suits drain our community’s money, money that could be donated to candidates that support us, charities that help us, and make it more difficult to build wealth. These vectors want to suck the life out of us, one parasitic bite at a time. The Catholic-5 on the Supreme Court, sitting on their bigoted, entitled, cheesy, musty hind-quarters, is ok with this.

      Jul 29, 2014 at 10:03 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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