Attorney General Sam Olens, who says gay Georgians can marry, just to opposite sex partners, can't be bothered with the U.S. Supreme Court's gay marriage punt on Monday. He's moving full steam ahead with defending the state's gay marriage ban.
A spokeswoman for Georgia Attorney General Sam Olens, who is defending Aderhold, reiterated what the office has said previously—that Olens took an oath to defend state law and the Constitution and "the refusal to defend a law—without binding precedent making clear that it is unconstitutional—"sets a dangerous precedent and undermines the rule of law."
A handful of gay couples sued the state in April hoping to undo Georgia's marriage ban. Olens, unswayed by LGBT couples on his doorstep who he refused to meet with, argued back that gay marriage is not a "fundamental right." Even Monday – when the Supreme Court refused to consider gay marriage cases, delivering marriage equality to 11 more states – Olens refused to relent.
His opponent in the November election, Democrat Greg Hecht, won't defend the ban if he wins. And several legal scholars – lots of them, even conservatives – keep telling Olens that what he's defending is indefensible. Olens dismisses that as "callous, lawless" chatter.