Letter to the editor

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AG Jack Conway not representing people

In 2004 Kentucky voters voted overwhelmingly to amend the Kentucky constitution to protect the historic definition of marriage. The amendment reads:

“Only a marriage between one man and one woman shall be valid or recognized as a marriage in Kentucky. A legal status identical or substantially similar to that of marriage for unmarried individuals shall now be valid or recognized.”

A few weeks ago, Judge John Heyburn ruled that Kentucky must recognize same sex marriages performed in other states. Legal efforts continue to completely overthrow the marriage amendment.

Jack Conway, Kentucky Attorney General, whose responsibility includes defending Kentucky’s laws and constitution including the 2004 marriage amendment, has refused to appeal Judge Heyburn’s ruling. Governor Beshear is forced to hire, at taxpayer expense, private lawyers to do Conway’s job. US Attorney General Eric Holder supports Conway’s right to refuse to do his job on the basis that Conway’s personal convictions conflict with Kentucky law.

So we have appointed a judge who defies the will of the majority of Kentucky citizens and an elected official who blatantly refuses to do the job that he was elected to do. We have a US AG who advises state law keepers to just follow their conscience and ignore established law.

What a sad state of affairs! The concern here is not a political issue. It’s not about equal rights. Nor is it about anyone’s personal right to choose a lifestyle. It’s about elected and appointed officials ignoring and defying the will of the people who elect them. Could you or I keep our jobs if we refused to do what we were hired to do? Suppose the Kentucky AG decides that rape or incest isn’t really such a bad thing, not really against his personal convictions and shouldn’t be prosecuted in Kentucky.

Kentucky citizens should demand the immediate resignation of Jack Conway.

Bill Croucher, Smithfield