Former Pennsylvania Supreme Court justice to defend state's gay marriage ban for Corbett

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The state Office of General Counsel announced today that it has hired former state Supreme Court Justice William H. Lamb and his firm to defend against an ACLU lawsuit seeking to nix the state ban on gay marriage.

Mr. Lamb, an attorney with West Chester-based Lamb McErlane, served on the state's highest court for one year, 2003.

The American Civil Liberties Union and allied attorneys filed the lawsuit on behalf of 10 couples, one widow and two minor children. It argued the unconstitutionality of the state's Defense of Marriage Act, which defines matrimony as between a man and a woman.

The case is before U.S. District Judge John E. Jones III, of the Middle District, based in Harrisburg.

Attorney General Kathleen Kane announced in July that her office, which normally defends challenges to state law, would not mount a defense in the case. She said the act was unconstitutional.

That kicked responsibility for the defense to the Office of General Counsel, which represents Gov. Tom Corbett.

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Rich Lord:, 412-263-1542 or Twitter @richelord.


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