I hope our AG is hearing this

From yesterday's NY Times:

WASHINGTON — Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. on Monday injected the Obama administration into the emotional and politicized debate over the future of state same-sex marriage bans, declaring in an interview that state attorneys general are not obligated to defend laws that they believe are discriminatory.

Straight from the lips of Attorney General Eric Holder. It's your call on whether or not to defend the ban based on whether or not you think it is discriminatory. Do you?

Six state attorneys general — all Democrats — have refused to defend bans on same-sex marriage, prompting criticism from Republicans who say they have a duty to stand behind their state laws, even if they do not agree with them.

It is highly unusual for the United States attorney general to advise his state counterparts on how and when to refuse to defend state laws. But Mr. Holder said when laws touch on core constitutional issues like equal protection, an attorney general should apply the highest level of scrutiny before reaching a decision on whether to defend it. He said the decision should never be political or based on policy objections.

“Engaging in that process and making that determination is something that’s appropriate for an attorney general to do,” Mr. Holder said.

As an example, Mr. Holder cited the landmark Brown v. Board of Education case, which forced public school integration in 1954.

“If I were attorney general in Kansas in 1953, I would not have defended a Kansas statute that put in place separate-but-equal facilities,” Mr. Holder said.

I hope he follows the lead of the US AG, the VA AG, and AGs from around the country. I hope this is a moment of celebration for him not being constrained to defend bigotry. There's no falling back on the line of "I had to do it" now.

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Cooper's heard it, and he doesn't care

He got the politically naïve leadership at Equality NC to fete him last year before he did one damn thing this decade for LGBT rights -- and three years before his next election.

Why should he do something like uphold his oath to the US Constitution (namely the 5th and 14th amendments) when he gets praise from Equality NC for doing nothing?

 

You may be right

You may be right. I'm willing to give him a week or two since this announcement just came down yesterday. But if he keeps defending bigotry when he has explicit permission not to, then that would be troubling.

Besides, Tillis helped pass a law that him and Berger can basically act as AG whenever they want, so why not let them carry this baggage?

Eric Holder is in a good position

AG Eric Holder is in the perfect position to speak out about gay rights. He's the Attorney General. The problem is that he has many issues that the general public is looking at him for and because of that, his inclusion in many debates in America today have been diminished.

I wish it was not the case. But, it is.

I'm not sure I follow

I'm not agreeing or disagreeing with what you're saying, just trying to get a better handle on it. Are you saying because he's come out forcefully on issues like voting rights, LGBT equality, etc that he's stretched himself too thin to be influential?

No, that's not it

I do not see Eric Holder as having a positive view from many people in America for many reasons and that when he speaks out about Gay Rights, it is diminished because of that.

I just do not think Holder is who we can go to to present something to the American people as being a someone that will help a cause at this point in time.

It is just my opinion and I know it might not be a favorable one here.

Oh, I see what you're saying

Oh, I see what you're saying now. Fortunately there are numerous public voices for LGBT equality, so in that regard I think his contribution wont necessarily make a huge difference one way or another just as a public figure. However he is in a unique position to highlight for state level attorney generals that they don't have to defend discriminatory bans, and that is important IMO.