A group of pastors and conservative Republicans are calling on Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane to reconsider her decision not to defend the state's law banning gay marriage.

Kane made national headlines last week when she announced her decision to not defend the law in a lawsuit challenging its constitutionality.

“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.

During a press conference held Wednesday morning, members of the Pennsylvania Pastors Network and several Republican members of the Pennsylvania House told reporters that they believe Kane must reverse course, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported.

“The issue is one of defending heterosexual marriage,” said Pennsylvania Pastors Network President Sam Rohrer. “We see a moral imperative for heterosexual marriage due to the revealed truth of God based on eternal law.”

Pastor Dale Armstrong added: “In what universe do you think destroying the family can bless our nation?”

Kane's decision likely leaves Governor Tom Corbett to defend the law. Corbett, a Republican, has previously expressed his opposition to marriage equality.

(Related: Gay marriage advocates file suits in Pennsylvania, Virginia, North Carolina.)