Last week, Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway made headlines when he refused to appeal a judge's ruling that Kentucky is required to recognize same-sex marriages performed in other states. He based his decision in part on the fact that he personally believes Kentucky's current law is discriminatory and that he could not, in good conscience, advocate on behalf of discrimination.
I count Jack Conway as a friend of mine, but in this case, I believe he's wrong.
Whether you're in favor of allowing gay marriages or not, the issue here is quite different. Put simply, the very job description of our Attorney General is to uphold and defend the laws of Kentucky. All of them. Not to selectively decide on a personal basis which should be enforced and which should not.
That's where Governor Steve Beshear got it right in deciding to retain an outside attorney to take on the task that Conway refuses to do.
It's tough when any person's conscience conflicts with the job he's paid to do. But in those instances, the only honorable way of resolving the conflict is to resign - not to defy the will of the people who pay your salary.
I'm on record as being in support of equal rights for gay couples. But the law is the law. And we can't have judicial activists - or, in this case, non-activists - working to circumvent that fact.
Call and tell us what you think.
I'm Bill Lamb and that's my Point of View.
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