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EXCLUSIVE: Kane Talks Same-Sex Marriage, Lottery, Political Future

Pennsylvania Attorney General causing controversy with stance in ACLU lawsuit

In an exclusive interview with WTAJ News Anchor Patrick Schurr, Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane talked about her involvement in the same-sex marriage issue, as well as the governor's effort to privatize the lottery, and her political future.


In July, Kane caused a controversy when she announced she would not defend the state in a lawsuit filed by the ACLU. The group is seeking to overturn Pennsylvania law that bans same-sex marriage. The defendants in the ACLU's lawsuit-- Gov. Tom Corbett, Secretary of Health Michael Wolf, and Kane.

"The Commonwealth Attorney's act gives me authority to delegate this case, their representation from my office, back to their office," said Kane. "It's done all the time."

Since she's refused to represent the state, it'll be up to the governor's team of lawyers.

"If I were to step into that court and represent the governor and the secretary of health, and appear before that tribunal and say 'I believe this law to be constitutional,' that would be a lie on my part." Kane said she's bound by rules of professional conduct to follow her personal ethics.

When asked if she supports gay marriage, Kane said, "I support equality. It is our duty as the state to make sure that no person is discriminated against and that everyone has due process and everyone has equality. That's what I believe in."

When asked about her personal opinion, Kane said, "It doesn't matter. It really doesn't matter. They (the voters) hired me for my legal opinion."

Meantime, another issue Kane has opposed remains in limbo.

Last week, Camelot granted a two-month extension in its bid manage the Pennsylvania Lottery. Gov. Tom Corbett said the private company can produce higher profits for the state.

But Kane has blocked the move, saying the governor hasn't met certain requirements for his proposal.

"If it passes the legal test, for form and legality, then it will be approved as it is my job and jurisdiction," said Kane. "If it doesn't, then we'll decline again."

Between the lottery, same-sex marriage and launching an investigation into how the Jerry Sandusky case was handled, Kane's made a name for herself since becoming AG.

Does she have aspirations beyond her current job, perhaps running for something like the governor's office?

"I couldn't tell you that," Kane said. "I don't know what's going to happen tomorrow. It's not about me, it's about making sure that I do the job that I was elected to do. What happens, what will be, will be."

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