DOMA and rights

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With respect to Republican state Rep. Daryl Metcalfe’s political stunt to impeach Attorney General Kathleen Kane (“Rep. Metcalfe Leads Charge to Impeach Attorney General,” May 7): He contends that Ms. Kane violated her oath of office by refusing to defend the state’s same-sex marriage ban against a federal court challenge.

The Pennsylvania oath of office that all senators, representatives (including Mr. Metcalfe) and all judicial, state and county officials (including the attorney general) must take before entering into the duties of their respective offices, begins:

“I do solemnly swear [or affirm] that I will support, obey and defend the Constitution of the United States … . ”

Federal courts, including the U.S. Supreme Court, have ruled that the federal Defense of Marriage law violated equal protection under the U.S. Constitution. I guess I don’t understand why that Supreme Court opinion should not be applicable to state DOMA-type laws. So, totally apart from the issue of Mr. Metcalfe wasting legislative time and taxpayer money on a partisan political stunt, in my opinion, Mr. Metcalfe should be impeaching himself, not Attorney General Kane, for violating his oath of office by not defending the U.S. Constitution.

STEVE SISKIND
Cecil


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