Report: PA Attorney General Won’t Defend Gay Marriage Ban

Lawyers involved in a lawsuit challenging Pennsylvania’s ban on same-sex marriage said that state Attorney General Kathleen Kane will not defend the state in the case, the Washington Post reported Thursday.

Kane is named as a defendant along with Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett (R) in the suit filed this week by the American Civil Liberties Union on behalf of 10 couples and a widow. She is expected to announce her decision Thursday, according to the Post.

The Philadelphia Daily News first reported Kane’s decision, and, as the Daily News notes, the case is believed to be the first federal case on same-sex marriage in the wake of the Supreme Court’s decision to strike down the Defense of Marriage Act.

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