Target: Kathleen Kane, Attorney General of Pennsylvania
Goal: Thank Attorney General Kane for refusing to defend gay marriage ban.
Recently, Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane announced she would not defend her state’s Defense of Marriage Act. This decision, which came as the result of an American Civil Liberties Union lawsuit, has sparked controversy across the state. Republicans such as state party chairman Rob Gleason have criticized Kane for putting her views above her obligation to defend state law.
This decision of conscience recognizes constitutional principles of equality over discrimination. As NewsWorks columnist Dick Polman noted, “The Fourteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution says that no State shall…deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.” The Pennsylvania DOMA, like similar laws in other states and past bans against interracial marriage, has no practical purpose except to deny some citizens the same rights as others.
By signing this petition, you will let Attorney General Kane know that her decision to uphold the U.S. Constitution and basic American principles of equal rights against a discriminatory law was and is the correct one to make.
Dear Attorney General Kane,
I am writing to thank you for your courageous stance against defending the Pennsylvania Defense of Marriage Act. As you yourself stated, the state DOMA has no constitutional basis for existing and falls with previous discriminatory statues such as interracial marriage bans. Indeed, it violates the Fourteenth Amendment in allowing Pennsylvania to deny equal protection to gay couples.
Sadly, your decision is the target of controversy as Republican critics accuse you of violating an obligation to defend state law. However, when said law has no purpose except to give some citizens a lesser legal status than others, refusing to defend it is the moral choice. Your stance places you firmly on the right side of history.
Thank you for refusing to defend the Pennsylvania DOMA and recognizing its constitutional violations of equal protection under the law for all Americans.
[Your Name Here]
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