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WASHINGTON, D.C. - Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway announced today that he would not appeal a ruling forcing the state to recognize out-of-state same-sex "marriages." Governor Steve Beshear is now left to defend the law and will turn to outside lawyers to pursue an appeal. In 2004, 75 percent of Kentucky voters adopted a constitutional amendment defining marriage as the union of one man and one woman.
Family Research Council (FRC) President Tony Perkins released the following statement:
"Attorney General Jack Conway took an oath to uphold the constitution and the laws of Kentucky, not undermine them through indifference driven by his personal ideology. Unfortunately, the Kentucky attorney general is following the lead of the U.S. attorney general, Eric Holder, in showing contempt for the law and the citizens. Does Mr. Conway possess some mysterious knowledge and understanding that 75 percent of Kentucky voters who approved the marriage amendment don't have?
"If Attorney General Jack Conway and Eric Holder can pick and choose which laws to uphold, is it then time for the rest of us to pick and choose which laws we want follow? If the Left follows this argument to its logical conclusion, then what's to stop pro-life attorneys general from refusing to defend abortion policies? Or anti-gun laws? Or anything they find personally objectionable?" concluded Perkins.