Kane won't defend DOMA; judge bio'd

Published by Tim McNulty on .

No surprise here but Rich Lord is all over the federal lawsuit over the state's Defense of Marriage Act. Big news today is Attorney General Kathleen Kane, a Democrat, saying she would not defend the state against the ACLU suit:

"I cannot ethically defend the constitutionality of Pennsylvania's version of DOMA," she said, referring to the Defense of Marriage Act. "I believe it to be wholly unconstitutional."

Yesterday Rich mini-profiled the Republican-appointed judge who'll preside over the suit:

For some on both sides of the political spectrum, the random assignment to Judge Jones will stir memories of his 2005 ruling in the famed Kitzmiller case. He found that the Dover Area School District could not teach the religiously tinged intelligent design theory of the universe.

"When a judge has a high-profile case like Kitzmiller, and turns it into a big thing, that tells us something about the judge," said Arthur D. Hellman, a law professor at the University of Pittsburgh.

To conservatives, the decision was a betrayal. After all, this was the same man who, as chairman of the state Liquor Control Board under Gov. Tom Ridge, kept Bad Frog Beer out of the state because the amphibian on the label had his middle finger raised. His nomination was backed by then-Sen. Rick Santorum, and advanced by his fellow Republican President George W. Bush.

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