Mandeville, LA – Exclusive Transcript – I don’t have any problem with the Pennsylvania attorney general having whatever opinion she likes to have or wishes to have about the importance of or judiciousness of the gay marriage ban in Pennsylvania. The fact of the matter is you run for the office of attorney general so that you can enforce the laws of the state, whatever state that may be, or you may be appointed to enforce the laws that the executive branch is enforcing for the federal union. You don’t get to write the laws. You don’t get to pick and choose. Check out today’s transcript for the rest…
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Mike: We have this story that is just gnawing at me. It’s eating out my sustenance. “Pennsylvania attorney general refuses to defend gay marriage ban.” I don’t have any problem with the Pennsylvania attorney general having whatever opinion she likes to have or wishes to have about the importance of or judiciousness of the gay marriage ban in Pennsylvania. The fact of the matter is you run for the office of attorney general so that you can enforce the laws of the state, whatever state that may be, or you may be appointed to enforce the laws that the executive branch is enforcing for the federal union. You don’t get to write the laws. You don’t get to pick and choose: I don’t like that one, so I’m not going to enforce it. I think that one’s not constitutional, so I’m not going to enforce it. You do what everyone else does, what all the rest of us mortals out here do. You work to change the law, which you are free to do as a private citizen, but the AG is refusing. Her name is Kathleen Kane.
Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane announced Thursday that she will not defend the state’s gay marriage ban against a challenge brought by 21 gay Pennsylvanians who want to marry in the state or have their out-of-state marriages recognized.
“We are the land of the free and the home of the brave, and I want to start acting like that,” Kane said at a news conference Thursday in Philadelphia. Kane, a Democrat, said she believes the state’s law is unconstitutional and can’t in good conscience defend it.
Mike: Are you kidding me? Well, if an attorney general for a state can’t defend the state’s own laws in good conscience, I have to ask the question: Who can? Let me ask you fair citizen of Pennsylvania, what if you don’t like some of Pennsylvania’s laws and you think they’re unconstitutional? Do you have to obey them? Your attorney general says they’re unconstitutional. Or if they are unconstitutional, you can, I guess, in good conscience just not obey them. Just say: I can’t in good conscience obey that speeding law. I can’t in good conscience obey that bigamy law. Are you really, seriously saying this, madam? You do realize that you are one of the chief legal law enforcement authorities in the Keystone State. This is an outrage. Of course, what I find outrageous today I can’t get an amen or second on to save my life these days. I’ll bear the brunt of the outrage.
The American Civil Liberties Union is backing the suit, which was filed this week and includes 10 same-sex couples and one widow. They argue that the state refusing to allow them to marry or recognize their out-of-state marriages violates their “fundamental right to marry as well as the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment.”
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Mike: There it is again, folks, the 14th Amendment, the miracle amendment. There is nothing on earth that the 14th Amendment cannot sanction. There is no activity known to man that the 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution cannot bless. It doesn’t matter what it is. You can be as farcical and fantastical as you want. If you want to do it, then the 14th Amendment says that you can. Then the state must let you do it. As a matter of fact, they’re probably going to have to write a law saying they have to let you do it….
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