Attorney General Takes Stand Against Gay Marriage Ban

Eric Holder tells state attorneys general that they are not obligated to defend laws they believe to be unconstitutional.
3:00 | 02/25/14

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As gay marriage battles heat up in several states across the country. Attorney general Eric Holder is encouraging his state counterparts to not defend bans on same sex marriage. I believe that we must be suspicious of legal classifications based solely on sexual orientation. And we must endeavor in all of our efforts will hold an advance that. The values that once that our forebears to declare unequivocally. All are created equal. In his speech before a group of attorneys general holder said gay marriage bans are unconstitutional. Six democratic state attorneys general have already refused to defend such bans in court including organ there is no good reason. To exclude same sex couples from marriage in -- again but critics and some Republicans counter that the top state law enforcement officials have a duty to stand behind their state laws. In Arizona at gay rights have also been thrust into the political spotlight. As governor Jan Brewer decides whether to sign or veto a bill that would allow businesses to refused service to others. Based on their personal religious beliefs. -- -- -- It's important for. They need to keep its last increase in -- Business executives from apple and American Airlines which have -- or building plants in Arizona have called the governor asking her to veto the bill. She has until the end of the week to make her decision. Brady hit ABC news Washington us.

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