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Wisconsin Attorney General Anticipates Ruling Striking Down State's Gay Marriage Ban: VIDEO

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Anticipating that U.S. District Judge Barbara Crabb may soon strike down the state's gay marriage ban, Wisconsin Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen requested on Friday that Crabb immediately stay any order she makes, the AP reports.

WisconsinOn Friday, Governor Scott Walker was asked about the upcoming ruling:

He said he didn't know whether the ban would withstand legal challenges, and that he can't judge that because he's not an attorney.

Walker also said he didn't know how significant it would be for the state if gay marriage were to be legalized.

In a segment of WISN-TV's Upfront which aired locally in Wisconsin on Sunday, Van Hollen said he has an obligation to defend the ban:

"Our voters have amended our constitution to include that provision. It's my requirement, it's my obligation, to defend our constitution."

He blasted other attorney general candidates who have vowed not to defend their state's ban:

"I think that those sorts of people should never hold the office of attorney general, because it's not their policy decisions or what they think that matters....It's the people's job to pass a new constitutional amendment to eliminate the one that was there in the first place."

Watch (comments begin at 3:27), AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. Any Attorney General who doesn't understand the basics of jurisprudence and the separation of powers, should be impeached.

    Posted by: Michael | May 27, 2014 12:54:33 PM


  2. Who shot JR's common sense?

    Posted by: bkmn | May 27, 2014 1:35:15 PM


  3. What a hypocrit! When the legislature passed Act 10 in clear violation of Wisconsin's open meetings laws, he gave them legal cover, even though it was in violation of the directive guidelines he wrote about the open meetings law years earlier. I guess when a law stands in the way of the right wing agenda, dispassion in upholding the law is the first thing out the window.

    Posted by: Mike | May 27, 2014 1:56:50 PM


  4. So, Van Hollen can refuse to defend Wisconsin's Domestic Partner Registry law, which was as much an act of the people as this sacrosanct amendment? What a hypocrite!!

    Posted by: Chuck Mielke | May 27, 2014 1:58:27 PM


  5. Funny, I think the kind of people that should not hold Attorney General positions are those that don't use their brains to figure out what is constitutional or not, but simply walk lock-step with the mob.

    Posted by: Bubba | May 27, 2014 2:09:05 PM


  6. It'll be so nice when these incompetent fools who are bought and paid for by corporate billionaires finally know they have nobody they can safely pick on and we can all live in peace and got on with our lives.

    Posted by: oncemorewithfeeling | May 27, 2014 2:10:20 PM


  7. You job, moron, is to uphold the legal constitution. The mob can vote to change anything, but your job is to uphold the constitution, not the mob. What is your purpose otherwise?

    Posted by: Michaelandfred | May 27, 2014 2:19:25 PM


  8. You job, moron, is to uphold the legal constitution. The mob can vote to change anything, but your job is to uphold the constitution, not the mob. What is your purpose otherwise?

    Posted by: Michaelandfred | May 27, 2014 2:19:26 PM


  9. Human rights should NEVER be put up for popular vote, dumbass!

    Posted by: Lee | May 27, 2014 10:45:26 PM


  10. The Wisconsin Supreme court majority is as bought and paid for as the attorney general or governor.

    Posted by: Usagi-chan | May 28, 2014 9:18:07 AM


  11. Wow - what a bonehead.

    Posted by: TKinSC | May 28, 2014 10:32:08 AM


  12. Well said, Van Hollen!

    Posted by: Antonio | Jun 7, 2014 2:51:44 PM


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