California Attorney General Kamala Harris for the win. AG Harris delivered a fierce defense of the Constitution and equality after CNN's Candy Crowley demanded answers on why the State of California refused to defend Proposition 8. "It is one thing to read the polls ... but it is more important to read the Constitution," said AG Harris.
"I am absolutely against a ban on same-sex marriages because [bans] are simply unconstitutional. It is one thing to read the polls, which we have discussed which show again that a majority of Americans are in favor of same sex marriage, but it is more important to read the Constitution. The Constitution of the United States dictates, I believe, under every court precedent that we have discussed in terms of describing marriage as a fundamental right that the same-sex couples that are before the United states supreme court — Mrs. Windsor, Miss Perry — be allowed to have equal protection under the laws as any Americans when it comes to their ability to join themselves with their loving partners in marriage and raise their children. And 61% of Californians are in favor of same-sex marriage."
Harris is the former San Francisco District Attorney and a veteran equality advocate. Speaking in December 2010 at her first news conference as Attorney General-Elect, you'll recall she reiterated a core campaign promise: "We will not defend Proposition 8 because it is simply unconstitutional."
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