Zionsville Times Sentinel

February 26, 2014

Zoeller sees his job as playing defense

By Maureen Hayden
CNHI News Service

---- — INDIANAPOLIS — Supporters of same-sex marriage hailed Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring when he announced that he wouldn’t defend his state’s prohibition against gay marriage. Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller calls Herring’s decision a “dereliction of duty.” Zoeller prefers another model — that of North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper. Like Herring, Cooper is a Democrat and personally supports same-sex unions. But when North Carolina’s ban was challenged in court last fall, Cooper said his job as the state’s chief lawyer trumped his personal views. He vowed to vigorously defend the law. “That’s the job,” Zoeller told the Indianapolis chapter of The Federalist Society this week. “… This has nothing to do with partisanship or your personal views.” It’s not hard to envision Zoeller, a devout Catholic with traditional views when it comes to marriage, embracing his job to defend Indiana’s current law against same-sex marriage if — more likely when — it’s challenged in court. See Wednesday's Times Sentinel for the full story.