Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen
Kane on Thursday said that she cannot defend the state's law
prohibiting gay marriage.
“We are the land of the free and the
home of the brave, and I want to start acting like that,” Kane
said during a press conference held at the National Constitution
Center in Philadelphia.
Openly gay Pennsylvania state Rep.
Brian Sims tweeted his thanks: “Attorney General Kathleen Kane, if
you were a man I'd marry you!”
Kane endorsed gay nuptials during her
campaign last year.
Her decision likely leaves Governor Tom
Corbett to defend the law. Corbett, a Republican, has previously
expressed his opposition to marriage equality.
On Tuesday, the American Civil
Liberties Union (ACLU) filed a lawsuit in Federal District Court in
Harrisburg challenging the state's law. Kane and Corbett are listed
as defendants in the suit. Plaintiffs in the case include 10 couples
in long-term committed relationships plus one widow.
The ACLU also announced cases in North
Carolina and Virginia.
marriage advocates file suits in Pennsylvania, Virginia, North