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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.

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Hunter
July 31st, 2013 | LINK

“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.”

customartist
July 31st, 2013 | LINK

“Fiscally Responsible” Republicans piss away more cash.

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

No lesson learned.

Sandhorse
August 1st, 2013 | LINK

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.

iDavid
August 2nd, 2013 | LINK

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

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