DEFENSE

Holder: AGs Can Curb Marriage Bans

Attorney General Eric Holder has sparked controversy with his comments to his state counterparts, saying they are not obligated to defend their states' gay-marriage bans. In an interview with The New York Times, Holder said that although state AGs cannot disavow their own laws, they could decline to defend them. “Engaging in that process and making that determination is something that’s appropriate for an attorney general to do,” he said. So far, six state AGs, who are all Democrats, have refused to defend gay-marriage bans.