Corbett will defend PA’s marriage law

Timothy Kincaid

July 30th, 2013

Governor Tom Corbett has waited a ridiculously long time to announce that he will defend Pennsylvania’s anti-gay marriage laws (FoxNews)

…Republican Gov. Tom Corbett’s office indicated that it would defend the state’s marriage law in a separate legal challenge filed by the American Civil Liberties Union.

Attorney General Kathleen Kane, a Democrat who supports same-sex marriage, had said earlier this month that she wouldn’t defend the state in that suit because she believes the law to be unconstitutional.

On Tuesday, Corbett’s general counsel wrote in a letter to Kane’s first deputy that the governor’s office would defend the law. But General Counsel James Schultz said that Kane’s refusal “establishes a very troubling precedent.”

“This will create chaos and uncertainty — not unlike what we are seeing in the unlawful actions” of Hanes in Montgomery County, Schultz wrote.

From the above, it appears that Corbett would much rather that Kane defend the laws. And who can blame him? A poll taken in March of this year showed 52% in favor and 41% opposed.

I’ll be watching to see how the case is played out. If Corbett’s office tries to go the “tradition, bedrock of society, them there pedophiles, protect marriage, think of the children” route, it’s likely to bite him – and his party – in the cushy parts. And if his office gives some vague watered down response, it will be an indication that the Republican Party in Pennsylvania has decided to concede the point and move on.


July 31st, 2013

“tradition, bedrock of society, them there pedophiles, protect marriage, think of the children”

That’s all they have. And we’ve seen how successful that is — almost as effective as Charles Cooper’s famous line to Vaughan Walker: “I don’t need evidence.”


July 31st, 2013

“Fiscally Responsible” Republicans piss away more cash.

Evidently Boehner did not waste enough taxpayer money defending the defenseless DOMA?

No lesson learned.


August 1st, 2013

I rather kind of wish Kane would defend the law as well, regardless of what she ‘thinks’ of the laws constitutionality.

I get more than a little uncomfortable when individuals fill the roll of the courts. Such actions can easily come back to bite us.

It would be more appropriate for her to say something to the effect of, “While my personal view is that the law is unconstitutional, I’m obligated by my position as Attorney General to uphold the law until it is ruled on judiciously or legislatively. My heart goes out to the couples affected by this law, but by pressing the courts and your legislators; we may work to see this injustice removed.”

If nothing else it could finally lead to pressing SCOTUS to actually make a ruling and not side step the issue via the technicality of standing.

Some still may not like her. But anyone with a minimum of sense will know it is the next cog in the ‘civil disobedience’ machine.


August 2nd, 2013

Time for popcorn to watch Big Daddy Seal Beats Shrinking Humiliated Republican.

Leave A Comment

All comments reflect the opinions of commenters only. They are not necessarily those of anyone associated with Box Turtle Bulletin. Comments are subject to our Comments Policy.

(Required, never shared)

PLEASE NOTE: All comments are subject to our Comments Policy.


Latest Posts

The Things You Learn from the Internet

"The Intel On This Wasn't 100 Percent"

From Fake News To Real Bullets: This Is The New Normal

NC Gov McCrory Throws In The Towel

Colorado Store Manager Verbally Attacks "Faggot That Voted For Hillary" In Front of 4-Year-Old Son

Associated Press Updates "Alt-Right" Usage Guide

A Challenge for Blue Bubble Democrats

Baptist Churches in Dallas, Austin Expelled Over LGBT-Affirming Stance

Featured Reports

What Are Little Boys Made Of?

In this original BTB Investigation, we unveil the tragic story of Kirk Murphy, a four-year-old boy who was treated for “cross-gender disturbance” in 1970 by a young grad student by the name of George Rekers. This story is a stark reminder that there are severe and damaging consequences when therapists try to ensure that boys will be boys.

Slouching Towards Kampala: Uganda’s Deadly Embrace of Hate

When we first reported on three American anti-gay activists traveling to Kampala for a three-day conference, we had no idea that it would be the first report of a long string of events leading to a proposal to institute the death penalty for LGBT people. But that is exactly what happened. In this report, we review our collection of more than 500 posts to tell the story of one nation’s embrace of hatred toward gay people. This report will be updated continuously as events continue to unfold. Check here for the latest updates.

Paul Cameron’s World

In 2005, the Southern Poverty Law Center wrote that “[Paul] Cameron’s ‘science’ echoes Nazi Germany.” What the SPLC didn”t know was Cameron doesn’t just “echo” Nazi Germany. He quoted extensively from one of the Final Solution’s architects. This puts his fascination with quarantines, mandatory tattoos, and extermination being a “plausible idea” in a whole new and deeply disturbing light.

From the Inside: Focus on the Family’s “Love Won Out”

On February 10, I attended an all-day “Love Won Out” ex-gay conference in Phoenix, put on by Focus on the Family and Exodus International. In this series of reports, I talk about what I learned there: the people who go to these conferences, the things that they hear, and what this all means for them, their families and for the rest of us.

Prologue: Why I Went To “Love Won Out”
Part 1: What’s Love Got To Do With It?
Part 2: Parents Struggle With “No Exceptions”
Part 3: A Whole New Dialect
Part 4: It Depends On How The Meaning of the Word "Change" Changes
Part 5: A Candid Explanation For "Change"

The Heterosexual Agenda: Exposing The Myths

At last, the truth can now be told.

Using the same research methods employed by most anti-gay political pressure groups, we examine the statistics and the case studies that dispel many of the myths about heterosexuality. Download your copy today!

And don‘t miss our companion report, How To Write An Anti-Gay Tract In Fifteen Easy Steps.

Testing The Premise: Are Gays A Threat To Our Children?

Anti-gay activists often charge that gay men and women pose a threat to children. In this report, we explore the supposed connection between homosexuality and child sexual abuse, the conclusions reached by the most knowledgeable professionals in the field, and how anti-gay activists continue to ignore their findings. This has tremendous consequences, not just for gay men and women, but more importantly for the safety of all our children.

Straight From The Source: What the “Dutch Study” Really Says About Gay Couples

Anti-gay activists often cite the “Dutch Study” to claim that gay unions last only about 1½ years and that the these men have an average of eight additional partners per year outside of their steady relationship. In this report, we will take you step by step into the study to see whether the claims are true.

The FRC’s Briefs Are Showing

Tony Perkins’ Family Research Council submitted an Amicus Brief to the Maryland Court of Appeals as that court prepared to consider the issue of gay marriage. We examine just one small section of that brief to reveal the junk science and fraudulent claims of the Family “Research” Council.

Daniel Fetty Doesn’t Count

Daniel FettyThe FBI’s annual Hate Crime Statistics aren’t as complete as they ought to be, and their report for 2004 was no exception. In fact, their most recent report has quite a few glaring holes. Holes big enough for Daniel Fetty to fall through.