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Indiana AG To Supreme Court: Let States Ban Marriage Equality

Greg-zoellerIndiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller confirmed today that he will an amicus brief with the Supreme Court to defend Indiana's right to ban marriage equality:

Zoeller said Friday he will file an amicus brief with the high court when it takes up California's ban on gay marriage and the federal Defense of Marriage Act next year.


Zoeller made the announcement during a year-end news conference. He defended his decision to stop defending the state's immigration laws following a Supreme Court ruling invalidating similar measures in Arizona.

Though Zoeller made the announcement today, he actually wrote about his plans in an op-ed for the Evansville Courier Press earlier this month. In it, he attempts to defend his meddling in a Supreme Court case:

Defining marriage is an intrinsic function of state government that ought not be stripped from states as happened to California in one of the cases now being appealed. This is an important question of our time and therefore we asked the U.S. Supreme Court to exercise its role in our constitutional process to provide answers. Representing Indiana's case is my responsibility as Attorney General, an obligation that I will do to the best of my skill and ability.

A recent poll showed that 54% of Indiana voters oppose a proposed amendment to the state constitution defining marriage as one man and one woman, an amendment Republican Zoeller hoping to bolster with this hateful effort.

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  1. Given that the federal government has just as much vested interest in what defines marriage as any state for any reason a state has (i.g. taxes). And the fact that most people want to unconstitutionally define what marriage is based on a single religion actually gives the federal government more interest in what does not constitutes marriage. The first amendment actually gives the federal government more of a right to define what it is. Just because one religion dictates its constituents morals doesn't mean it has any reason to dictates what is right and wrong.

    Posted by: Garst | Dec 28, 2012 3:54:30 PM

  2. I am ashamed to admit I was born in IN. I am so glad I got out of Indiana as soon as I was old is a place filled-to-the-brim with redneck bigots and religious ass-hats.

    Posted by: Alex Parrish | Dec 28, 2012 3:55:21 PM

  3. *what is right and wrong for everyone.*

    Posted by: Garst | Dec 28, 2012 3:55:47 PM

  4. Umm, if a majority of residents oppose the move against equality, the AG isn't bolstering that move. Residents support equality.

    Posted by: Paul R | Dec 28, 2012 4:16:23 PM

  5. And do we know that this creature is an evalngelical Christian? Let me guess...

    Posted by: UFFDA | Dec 28, 2012 4:27:14 PM

  6. "that he will an amicus brief with the Supreme Court"

    ...pen an amicus brief?
    ...share an amicus brief?
    ...file an amicus brief?
    ...gobble up an amicus brief?
    ...secrete an amicus brief?*

    Proff raeding. Its taht aesy!

    (* = most likely choice for somebody with Zoeller's mindset.)

    Posted by: El | Dec 28, 2012 4:41:52 PM

  7. Seriously, what can he say that hasn't been logically debunked or reasonably and rationally rebuked? He's holding onto a wish of heterosuperiority. He's the villain and his face is the face of the death of the human spirit.

    Posted by: woodroad34d | Dec 28, 2012 5:03:16 PM

  8. How does this help children in his state again???

    Posted by: Alan Brickman | Dec 28, 2012 5:23:29 PM

  9. Unfortunately for him, neither of the cases before the Court is about "defining" marriage -- they're both about equal protection.

    But then, he's AG of Indiana.

    Posted by: Hunter | Dec 28, 2012 5:33:16 PM

  10. I wonder if he really used the phrase "marriage equality". It's really unbelievable in this day and age that anyone would want to ban anything with the word "equality" in it?

    Posted by: Peter | Dec 28, 2012 5:36:46 PM

  11. Oh Andrew, what are we going to do with you?

    Certainly none of us here agrees with the position that Indiana will take in the brief Mr. Zoeller intends to file. BUT, state attorneys general frequently file amicus briefs in federal Supreme Court cases that might have an impact upon state government. It is not "meddling" as you call it. It is actually part of the job.

    Speaking of jobs, I'm a little concerned for you. Try to take heart from the fact that you are not alone. Like you, many of us have found ourselves working in a position for which we aren't really suited, and we understand that it is exhausting and stressful. Here's hoping that 2013 brings you a job far from the difficult worlds of journalism or proofreading!

    P.S. Hey, look -- another typo!

    "... an amendment Republican Zoeller [IS ??] hoping to bolster with this hateful effort."

    Those verbs are just tricky bastards, aren't they?

    Posted by: Buster | Dec 28, 2012 5:45:42 PM

  12. It''s curious how an American lawyer, and on that sought public office no less, seems to be intensely interested in being as anti-American and anti-Constitution as humanly possible. It's pretty insane.

    Posted by: Tarc | Dec 28, 2012 6:01:35 PM

  13. "intrinsic function of state government" in what way? Maybe he can make a slavery argument and redefine pi under the same basis.

    Posted by: MikeW | Dec 28, 2012 6:03:57 PM

  14. BUSTER - what a condescending sh*t you are. Belonsky makes typos yes. Can you tell us your area of perfect 24/7 accomplishment? How can we check? At least Andrew isn't being an intentional assho*e.

    Posted by: UFFDA | Dec 28, 2012 6:10:38 PM

  15. This guy is just looking to make a name for himself. He needs a reality check - he has missed the boat on this one. He needs to find a new cause to use for his own personal gain. Gay marriage is way out of his hands now.

    Posted by: Icebloo | Dec 28, 2012 6:17:57 PM

  16. Wow, as a spelling and gramar challenged person myself, I feel people really could be kinder when they point out typos. Most likely the ones above that have commented are not trying to do anything as cool or, useful as this website!

    Posted by: Tom in long beach | Dec 28, 2012 6:18:35 PM

  17. Don't feel bad that you were born in Indiana.

    I was born in Texas! (shame, shame...)

    At least, I've lived most of my life happily in California. I know everyone cannot relocate easily, and I wish the best to you in the more difficult states in this country.

    Posted by: TonyJazz | Dec 28, 2012 7:38:54 PM

  18. @Garst: actually the Federal government has more reasons to "own marriage" - federal employees (including the military), and immigration (including passport issues for international tourists and business travellers).

    Posted by: MikeW | Dec 28, 2012 7:39:25 PM

  19. What does the Indiana AG matter to the Supreme Court any damn ways? What an airhead!

    Posted by: Matt | Dec 28, 2012 9:24:48 PM

  20. That is an ill-fitting suit.

    Posted by: Ted | Dec 28, 2012 10:39:15 PM

  21. Poor Buster has nothing better to do on a Friday night....

    Posted by: John Normile | Dec 28, 2012 11:30:29 PM

  22. Buster is mistaking adolescent snark for wit.

    I'm a professional editor and proofreader. I try like crazy to avoid editing my own work, because if you wrote it, chances are greater that you're going to miss something when you go over it again, especially if you're editing on the fly -- like in a blog.

    Posted by: Hunter | Dec 29, 2012 7:36:26 AM

  23. It's Indiana. If it went away tomorrow, no one would miss it.

    Posted by: AllBeefPatty | Dec 29, 2012 9:28:22 AM

  24. What a jackass

    Posted by: Reality | Dec 29, 2012 9:35:16 AM

  25. I currently live in Indianner, and the last election brought a republican't majority to both houses and our governor was in the past voted as one of the dumbest people in Washington. I fear for the worst these next four years! I've said it for over 30 years, if Delaware is the first state, Zindiana must be the last!

    Posted by: billmiller | Dec 29, 2012 9:47:14 AM

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