Family Research Council: 'Can the Rest of Us Pick and Choose Which Laws to Follow?'

By Susan Jones | February 26, 2014 | 7:17 AM EST

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( - The conservative Family Research Council says someone should ask the Obama administration, "If the Attorney General can pick and choose which laws to uphold, then can the rest of us pick and choose which laws to follow?"

Attorney General Eric Holder's speech to state attorneys-general, in which he told them to "be suspicious of legal classifications based solely on sexual orientation," was a "lesson in lawlessness" and an attempt to skirt state marriage laws, FRC said:

"Unfortunately, this is just the latest chapter in the administration's one-sided marriage campaign, which continues to elevate a handful of people above the Constitution, the states, and tens of millions of voters. Holder's comments are an insult to his office and the office of 50 other men and women who took similar oaths."

FRC quoted two state attorneys-general who didn't like what Holder was suggesting they do:

"It really isn't his job to give us advice on defending our Constitutions any more than it's our role to give him advice on how to do his job," said Wisconsin Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen. "If there's one clear-cut job I have, it's defend my Constitution. There is no one else in position to defend the State Constitution if it comes under attack."

Colorado's AG, John Suthers, said while he may disagree with some of his state's laws, "as attorney general, I have defended them all -- and will continue to."

FRC noted that so far, six state attorneys-general (all liberals) have "walked away from the one responsibility entrusted to them by voters," which is to defend state law.

"If Americans want to put an end to this legal chaos, conservatives cannot stop pursuing Holder. The Attorney General must be held accountable by a relentless and unwavering GOP," the conservative advocacy group concluded.

But so far, there's been little, if any, Republican response to Holder's comments on selectively defending the law.