Democrats ask Walker to drop gay marriage lawsuit

Sun Prairie residents David Tyer, left, and Wesley Radtke exchange rings as Dane County Circuit Court Judge Rhonda Lanford presides over a marriage ceremony on the steps of the City County Building in Madison Friday, June 6, 2014. Earlier in the day, a federal judge struck down the state's ban on same-sex marriages. (AP Photo/Wisconsin State Journal, John Hart)

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Wisconsin Democrats are asking Gov. Scott Walker and fellow Republican Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen to drop their defense of the state's gay marriage ban, arguing it's a waste of money.

Fifteen Democratic state senators and 25 Democratic representatives sent letters to Walker and Van Hollen on Wednesday.

Van Hollen last week appealed a federal judge's ruling that the state's ban is unconstitutional. Walker is a named defendant in the lawsuit.

Walker spokeswoman Jocelyn Webster says "Walker takes seriously the oath of office that he took to support the Wisconsin Constitution. If others do not take that oath seriously, that is their decision."

Van Hollen spokeswoman Dana Brueck says he is fulfilling his oath and doing his job.

No date has been set for oral arguments in the case.