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Politicizing the Role of the Attorney General

As Ed just mentioned, today’s Washington Post features an op-ed by Colorado’s attorney general, John W. Suthers, criticizing three state attorneys general for refusing to defend democratically enacted state laws. The net effect of such politicization, Suthers says, “corrodes our system of checks and balances.” Which makes sense: These AGs are basically ignoring their responsibility to the state that elected them, and are instead acting on behalf of left-wing special interests.

In the three states Suthers identifies, California, Virginia, and Pennsylvania, traditional marriage was affirmed by voters in 2008, 2006, and 1996. If the elected officials of those states think the people have changed their minds since then, maybe they should let them say so through the ballot box.

Read the whole thing here.

 

 

Carrie Severino — Carrie Severino is chief counsel and policy director to the Judicial Crisis Network.

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