Special counsel hired to defend gay marriage ban

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BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) – Attorney General Buddy Caldwell has hired outside legal help to fight challenges to Louisiana's gay marriage ban.

NOLA.com/The Times-Picayune reports that Caldwell's office has sought assistance from Kyle Duncan, former Louisiana solicitor general and current general counsel for the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty.

Duncan will work solely to defend legal challenges against the state's constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage.

As more and more courts strike down state bans, attorneys general in several states have chosen not to defend them. But Caldwell says he intends “to defend every sentence” in the state's constitutional amendment.

In a statement, Caldwell described Duncan as a nationally renowned expert in this area of law. He'll be given the title of special attorney general.

Caldwell's office didn't provide details of its contract with Duncan.

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