Man arrested trying to protest AG decision on gay marriage

A man from the Philadelphia-area was arrested today as he tried to get to Attorney General Kathleen Kane's office to protest her support of gay marriage, according to Capitol Police.

The man, William T. Devlin, of Huntington Valley, failed to sign in with an officer before attempting to go to the upstairs portion of Strawberry Square, said Holly Lubart, spokesperson for the Department of General Services. When asked to leave, the man laid down.

Lubart said Devlin was handcuffed and had to be carried out. He has been charged with disorderly conduct.

Devlin told police he was trying to get to Kane's office to protest the announcement she made yesterday that she would not defend the state against an ACLU lawsuit seeking to overturn Pennsylvania's ban on gay marriage. 

“I cannot ethically defend the constitutionality of Pennsylvania's version of DOMA (Defense of Marriage Act) where I believe it to be wholly unconstitutional,” Kane said yesterday in a press conference.

Defense of the state's 1996 ban on gay marriage will now fall to Gov. Tom Corbett's lawyers.

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