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Our View: AG must defend domestic partner law
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By refusing to defend the state in a lawsuit challenging a new law providing benefits to same-sex partners, Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen is doing the same thing he's accusing lawmakers of: Playing politics and ignoring the will of the people. He's also going to cost the state money.The Democratic-controlled Legislature included in its budget passed earlier this summer a provision to provide a handful of benefits to domestic partners who registered with the state. It was an obvious flaunting of the constitutional amendment that bans gay marriages or any other "substantially similar" arrangement, passed overwhelmingly by voters in 2006.