Commentary: Attorney general: marriage law deserves vigorous defense

Several same-sex couples recently filed lawsuits seeking to strike down Indiana’s traditional marriage definition law. A federal court granted their request temporarily but the federal appeals court stayed that order pending appeal. As Indiana attorney general, I have been asked why my office is defending the Indiana statute in court when some attorneys general in other states are not defending their states’ traditional-marriage laws from similar lawsuits. I explain that I took an oath to represent and defend Indiana’s state government and its existing statutes. I don’t make the laws – that’s the Legislature’s job – but I have a solemn obligation to defend those laws while there is a good-faith defense, and I cannot shirk my duty or abdicate that responsibility to others.

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