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Wis. AG candidate says he won’t defend same-sex marriage ban if elected

Monday, February 10, 2014
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MILWAUKEE, Wis. — One Democratic candidate for Wisconsin attorney general is starting a petition calling on the state’s Department of Justice to stop defending the Wisconsin’s constitutional ban on same-sex marriage.

Jon Richards

Jon Richards

Democratic Rep. Jon Richards, of Milwaukee, says he’s for marriage equality and believes Wisconsin’s ban violates the U.S. Constitution’s equal protection clause.

He says he won’t defend it if elected attorney general.

He also has posted a petition on his campaign website, asking supporters to join him in asking the state Justice Department not to defend the ban.

Another Democratic candidate, Dane County District Attorney Ismael Ozanne, says he also would not defend the gay marriage ban.

A Republican candidate, Waukesha County District Attorney Brad Schimel, says it’s the attorney general’s responsibility to defend the state’s laws, not to substitute personal opinions for the law.

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