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Another State Attorney General Neglects Duty to Voters



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Last week, Oregon decided to abandon a state marriage amendment passed by voter referendum in 2004. In so doing, Oregon’s attorney general, Ellen Rosenblum, joins several other state AGs who would rather carry water for the Left than carry out their oaths of office.

As I have noted before, state AGs have an obligation to defend democratically enacted laws of their state, especially those enacted recently, if a nonfrivolous argument can be advanced in support of the law. Every schoolchild knows that there are democratic ways to deal with laws you happen to disagree with, but simply ignoring a law that is still on the books is not one of them, even if you’re a state attorney general. 



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