Pennsylvania reportedly won't defend gay marriage ban in court

A legal challenge to the law by the ACLU reportedly won't be opposed by the state's attorney general

By Jillian Rayfield
Published July 11, 2013 1:58PM (EDT)

Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane will reportedly not defend the state's ban on same-sex marriages in court, now that the ACLU has filed a legal challenge to the law.

The Philadelphia Daily News reports that Kane is expected to make the announcement on Thursday, and that "Multiple sources confirmed that Kane, who is named along with Gov. Corbett as a defendant in the suit, plans to make the announcement at the National Constitution Center."

The ACLU is representing 23 plaintiffs in its challenge to the ban, arguing that it violates the equal protection and due process clauses of the 14th Amendment.


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