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It's got to be obvious to the AG that he'll lose this based on the DOMA/Prop 8 precedent. But his constituency wouldn't allow him to do otherwise - he'd lose this year's election if he didn't defend it vigorously.. But it continues to be very disturbing that a protector of the people's rights is putting the will of the majority above protecting minority rights, as if the Equal Protection Clause of the Constitution didn't exist. When I was in elementary school, I learned that democracy = majority rules + minority rights. I guess many folks in the U.S. have forgotten that.