Ralph Reed, head of the Christian conservative Faith and Freedom Coalition, on Friday said that Attorney General Eric Holder should be removed from office for advising state attorneys general that they do not have to defend state bans on gay marriage.

“When the chief law-enforcement official in the United States shows no respect whatsoever for the rule of law and shows no respect whatsoever for the state constitutions of the duly passed laws of sovereign states,” then “that is an impeachable offense and it's time for Eric Holder to go,” Reed told a Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) audience.

In addressing the National Association of Attorneys General winter meeting two weeks ago, Holder said state attorneys general are not obligated to defend unconstitutional laws.

“Any decisions – at any level – not to defend individual laws must be exceedingly rare,” Holder said. “They must be reserved only for exceptional circumstances. And they must never stem merely from policy or political disagreements – hinging instead only on firm constitutional grounds. But in general, I believe we must be suspicious of legal classifications based solely on sexual orientation. And we must endeavor – in all of our efforts – to uphold and advance the values that once led our forebears to declare unequivocally that all are created equal and entitled to equal opportunity.”

Attorneys general from seven states – Kentucky, California, Virginia, Illinois, Pennsylvania, Oregon and Nevada – have refused to defend such laws in court.