Corbett, Kane Lock Horns Over Gay Marriage in Pennsylvania
Challenges to State's Law Pit Governor Against Attorney General, County Official
By KRIS MAHER CONNECT
Challenges to a Pennsylvania law banning same-sex marriages are pitting the state's governor against its attorney general and a county official who has chosen to defy the law.
Kathleen Kane, the state's Democratic attorney general, has said she won't defend a state law defining marriage as between "one man and one woman." That law has been challenged in a lawsuit brought by the American Civil Liberties Union last month in federal district court in Harrisburg.
Ms. Kane, who was elected to her post last year, argues the state law is unconstitutional in light of the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling in U.S. v. Windsor. She has delegated the task of defending it to the governor's legal staff, which has filed a preliminary response to the ACLU suit.
Gov. Tom Corbett, a Republican, maintains that Ms. Kane should enforce the law. "Individual elected officials cannot pick and choose which laws to enforce," a spokeswoman for the governor said. A spokesman for Ms. Kane responded that she made a "legal decision" consistent with her oath to defend the U.S. and state constitutions....