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Olens: state should comply if Supreme Court rules for gay marriage
1 month ago

Olens: state should comply if Supreme Court rules for gay marriage

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Attorney General Sam Olens says he will advise compliance by state agencies if the U.S. Supreme Court invalidates state bans on same-sex marriage even as he continues defending Georgia’s ban in federal court.

Olens told reporters Wednesday that he intends to counsel acquiescence should the high court ultimately invalidate marriage bans nationwide when it considers the issue later this spring.

“We’re going to advise those agencies that have policy roles to immediately follow the law,” Olens said at an Atlanta Press Club breakfast.

The Supreme Court will hear arguments next week in four consolidated cases challenging the bans in Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky, and Tennessee. A ruling isn’t expected until the end of the court’s term, in late June.

Until then, Olens will continue defending Georgia’s decade-old ban in federal court. It was challenged in April last year—one year to the day of Olen’s comments Wednesday—by national gay rights group Lambda Legal on behalf of four local couples.

Olens, in an October court filing, said that “the right to marry” has always been a “fundamental right,” as the Supreme Court has ruled more than a dozen times. “But,” he said, “that right has never previously been understood as extending to same-sex couples.”

U.S. District Judge William Duffey, a Republican-appointed judge, in January declined to dismiss the suit, saying the state had failed to address how its interests are furthered in denying equal marriage to gays and lesbians. Read More

Hecht campaign fudges sheriff endorsements
7 months ago

Hecht campaign fudges sheriff endorsements

Greg Hecht was already running an underfunded, underdog effort to unseat Republican Attorney General Sam Olens. Now, however, his campaign is catching flak for something else – being disingenuous.

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Romney to Georgia
8 months ago

Romney to Georgia

2012 Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney is heading to Georgia to raise campaign cash for David Perdue’s Senate campaign.

Tomorrow he’s the guest of honor at a fundraising luncheon for …
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NFIB rolls out Peach State endorsements of Olens, Barrow
8 months ago

NFIB rolls out Peach State endorsements of Olens, Barrow

Just over two weeks after endorsing Governor Nathan Deal for a second term, the National Federation of Independent Businesses is rolling out a bipartisan slate of preferred candidates.

Today the …
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Olens rolls out sheriffs’ endorsements
8 months ago

Olens rolls out sheriffs’ endorsements

On the downballot front, Attorney General Sam Olens today rolled out a coalition more bipartisan than any we’re likely to see on the Senate or gubernatorial fronts.

That comes in …
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Olens stumps for Va. GOP hopeful
2 years ago

Olens stumps for Va. GOP hopeful

Sam Olens was among a quartet of prominent southern Republican state attorney generals who hit the trail this week in Virginia to stump for a gubernatorial bid by one of …
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Mixed expectations for SCOTUS ruling’s impact on Georgia

Yesterday’s Supreme Court ruling, invalidating the controversial proof of citizenship requirement for potential voters in Arizona’s controversial immigration law, may well have an impact that transcends into …
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