Holder Urges State AGs To Drop Gay Marriage Ban Defenses

Law360, Washington (February 25, 2014, 12:54 PM EST) -- U.S. Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. on Monday praised a group of state attorneys general who have stopped enforcing their states' bans on gay marriage, telling their counterparts that they should be "suspicious" of potentially discriminatory laws and carefully consider when they shouldn't defend such statutes.

Speaking at a National Association of Attorneys General meeting, Holder singled out attorneys general from Virginia, Pennsylvania, Nevada and Oregon for applying stricter scrutiny to their states' gay marriage bans and ultimately refusing to defend them. According to Holder,...
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