The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

August 15, 2013

Ban interferes with equal protection

Daily Item

---- — Some recent letters condemn, with a great deal of pearl-clutching and drama, the state Attorney General's decision to not defend the ban on same-sex marriage.

The primary argument from those who seem all bent out of shape about her decision is that "the law is the law" and therefore must be enforced. If you do even a cursory review of Pennsylvania statutes, you will find dozens of laws on the books that are not enforced, largely because they are antiquated and make little sense for modern civilization. It's very telling that those who demand enforcement of the same-sex marriage ban have not also insisted that all these other old-fashioned laws be enforced too.

If these people who complain about the AG's decisions truly cared about consistent application of law, they would condemn the same-sex marriage ban that interferes with equal protection of the laws as required by the U.S. Constitution.

Erik Viker,