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Pennsylvania’s Marriage Equality Is Here To Stay

Jim Burroway

May 21st, 2014

No appeals, no stay. Pennsylvania Gov Tom Corbett (R), who is facing an uphill climb for re-election later this year, has announced that he will cut his losses in his defense of the state’s marriage laws which prohibited marriage equality for same-sex couples:

I have thoroughly reviewed Judge Jones’ opinion in the Whitewood case. Given the high legal threshold set forth by Judge Jones in this case, the case is extremely unlikely to succeed on appeal. Therefore, after review of the opinion and on the advice of my Commonwealth legal team, I have decided not to appeal Judge Jones’ decision.

As a Roman Catholic, the traditional teaching of my faith has not wavered. I continue to maintain the belief that marriage is between one man and one woman. My duties as Governor require that I follow the laws as interpreted by the Courts and make a judgment as to the likelihood of a successful appeal.

Throughout the debate on this important and meaningful issue, I have maintained that Commonwealth officials and agencies would follow the provisions of Pennsylvania’s marriage law unless or until a court says otherwise. The court has spoken, and I will ensure that my administration follows the provisions of Judge Jones’ order with respect for all parties.

It is my hope that as the important issue of same-sex relationships continues to be addressed in our society, that all involved be treated with respect.

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Jack
May 21st, 2014 | LINK

This is a truly an amazingly gracious statement from someone who has never been a friend of the gay community.

He really, really, really wants to be re-elected.

But whatever his reasoning may be…

Thanks Governor Corbett!!!

Ben In Oakland
May 21st, 2014 | LINK

Amazingly gracious, yes. Still wrong-headed. All he had to do was say “As a Roman Catholic, the traditional teaching of my faith has not wavered. I continue to maintain the belief that marriage is between one man and one woman. But I also know that same sex couples who are not Catholic, and those faiths which hold different tenets than mine, are also deserving of equality before the law.”

Sandhorse
May 21st, 2014 | LINK

This all happend so fast it still hasn’t truely sunk in yet for me yet.

patrick
May 21st, 2014 | LINK

“It is my hope that as the important issue of same-sex relationships continues to be addressed in our society, that all involved be treated with respect.”

You are not treating people with respect when acting to deny them the same rights you enjoy. The “conversation” is inherently disrespectful.

Timothy Kincaid
May 21st, 2014 | LINK

Shades of New Mexico. And New Jersey.

As much as the crazy ‘grassroots’ activists in the Republican Party may still want to scream about “traditional marriage”, a good many of the Republican elected officials would really prefer that this all be over with now.

enough already
May 21st, 2014 | LINK

The hate-driven conservative Christian position really lost the day those poor children were torn from their dying mother, down in Florida.
That was the final nail in the coffin of ‘love the sinner, hate the sin’.
Or, maybe it was Gingerich’s marrying his mistress after telling his wife (near death from cancer, and, yes, I know she recovered).
Or, maybe it was David Vitter.
or maybe it was….
Or all of them. In the end, the face of Christian belief in America has become one of such hatred, animus and malice that even conservative Judges have had it.
The real question now, of course: What does Justice Kennedy think?

Ben M
May 21st, 2014 | LINK

@Timothy Kincaid – I think your right. I suspect it is the dearest hope that the SCOTUS will rule in our favor on this as soon as possible so that they can make a bit of short-term political hey and then move on.

Some compare it to Roe v. Wade and 10 years ago they might have had a similar impact, but with majority support quickly moving towards equality, I don’t think it is likely to have the same polarizing impact.

Regan DuCasse
May 22nd, 2014 | LINK

@ Enough already: The anti gay, whether Christian or not, become inevitable hypocrites and contradict their own terms.

There is no moral authority in hypocrisy, no matter how asserted their opinions on gay people.
And eventually, those opinions reach levels of fantasy and impossible standards of conduct NO ONE can reach, or is not required by law in any given free society such as ours.
This is why the defenses against marriage have fallen to dust in court.
NONE of the defenses, singularly or collectively are LEGAL anywhere.

Regardless who it’s directed at, nor can they be BECAUSE of who it’s directed towards.

In debating the anti gay on this, giving the complete and obvious FACTS of this, they make themselves look stupid.
Also proving that one’s religion isn’t much of defense either.

TonyJazzz
May 22nd, 2014 | LINK

Betting on a real decision by the Roberts court is insane. Last year’s ‘half-of-a-decision’ was typical of a court lacking decency and common sense.

In my lifetime, the Roberts court has been the worst. Most of the court’s decisions have heavily favored increased control of the populace by the rich (especially via the media).

It’s disgusting what moral values this court has shown…. At least many district courts have leaned towards fairness….

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