Recent editorials from Kentucky newspapers:
The News-Enterprise, Elizabethtown, Ky., on attorney general effectively ignores role:
Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway announced last week that he won’t pursue an appeal nor request any further stay in response to a decision by a federal judge that Kentucky must recognize lawful same-sex marriages from other states.
With tearful emotion, Conway called attention to his wife and family saying in this matter he had to make a decision that he and his daughters could be proud of.
Even though he personally might be satisfied with his decision, his refusal to file an appeal in this case effectively ignores his duty to the Kentucky Constitution and to the commonwealth.
When taking office as Kentucky attorney general, Conway accepted a sworn duty to defend both the Constitution of the United States as well as the Kentucky Constitution. He is certainly entitled to his personal views and convictions on the issue of gay marriage. However, his responsibility to our state Constitution shouldn’t be contingent upon whether any challenges to it align with his personal beliefs on this or any other legal issue at hand.
Gov. Steve Beshear followed Conway’s announcement with his own decision to hire outside counsel to file an appeal in defense of Kentucky’s marriage amendment. It’s too bad Kentuckians will have to shoulder these otherwise unnecessary outside costs.
It remains to be seen whether the will of Kentuckians stands on the issue of marriage or if we will be forced to abide by the will of voters and jurists from outside states.
One thing is clear, however. Regardless of what side of the same-sex marriage debate he or other Kentuckians might stand, Jack Conway failed to carry-out his duty the Kentucky Constitution and the commonwealth.
Lexington (Ky.) Herald-Leader on Big Tobacco: