Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett brings in lawyer on federal same-sex suit

Published: Sep 05 2013 04:04:00 PM EDT
HARRISBURG, Pa. -

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett is bringing in an outside lawyer to lead his defense of the state's same-sex marriage ban in a federal lawsuit.

Corbett's Office of General Counsel said Thursday that West Chester lawyer Bill Lamb, a former Supreme Court justice, was hired to be lead counsel at a rate of $400 an hour. His associates will be paid $325 an hour.

The case filed two months ago seeks to overturn the 1996 ban on same-sex marriage. Pennsylvania is the only northeastern state that doesn't allow gay marriage or have a system of civil unions.

Republican Corbett is handling the lawsuit after Democratic Attorney General Kathleen Kane said she views the law as unconstitutional and won't defend it.

A legal response by the state is due Sept. 16.