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Democratic AG candidates won't defend state's gay marriage ban

MILWAUKEE (WTAQ) - Wisconsin attorney general candidate Jon Richards says he will not defend the state's ban on gay marriage if he's elected in November.

The Assembly Democrat from Milwaukee has also posted an online petition, which asks the Justice Department to stop enforcing the ban now. People can sign the petition on his campaign Web site.

Outgoing Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen has said he would defend the state in a new federal lawsuit which seeks to strike down Wisconsin's 2006 constitutional ban on gay marriage and civil unions. 

Republican candidate Brad Schimel says it's the attorney general's job to enforce state laws, without substituting personal opinions.

Democratic candidate Ismael Ozanne agreed with Richards and said he would not enforce the gay marriage ban.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)