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Corbett Won't Appeal Same-Sex Marriage Ruling

Corbett said he still believes marriage is between one man and one woman.

Gov. Tom Corbett announced Wednesday that he will not appeal the federal court decision striking down the state's same-sex marriage ban.

U.S. District Judge John E. Jones III on Tuesday ruled that Pennsylvania's same-sex marriage ban was unconstitutional, writing: “We are a better people than what these laws represent, and it is time to discard them into the ash heap of history.”

“I have thoroughly reviewed Judge Jones’ opinion in the Whitewood case," Corbett said. "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."

Corbett's feelings on the matter have not changed, however.

“As a Roman Catholic, the traditional teaching of my faith has not w​​avered," he said. "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."

Corbett's decision not to appeal was applauded by many, including the Human Rights Campaign.

“Governor Corbett did the right thing in not standing in the way of thousands of loving couples’ ability to make lifelong commitments to each other through marriage,” said Human Rights Campaign President Chad Griffin. “Breaking down this dark wall of discrimination in the Keystone State strengthens our ever-growing momentum as we continue to expand the marriage equality map."

Pennsylvania will adhere to the court's decision, Corbett said.

"The court has spoken, and I will ensure that my administration follows the provisions of Judge Jones’ order with respect for all parties," Corbett said.

Wallst May 27, 2014 at 11:39 PM
Tim Lewis, listen up: Against gay marriage? 1) Mind your own business. You are free to believe that gay marriage is wrong, but you are not free to deny others the same freedoms and protections you have. Other people getting married should not concern you or your marriage at all. 2) If marriage is a religious ceremony, why are atheists and other types of non-religious people allowed to marry? That's because marriage can be a religious ceremony if you want it to, but it can also just be a civil and legal affair. 3) If marriage is about procreation, why are infertile couples allowed to marry? That's because ideally marriage should be about love, and procreation comes second. 4) Gay marriage leads to acceptance of polygamy? Once again, mind your own business. If multiple consenting adults want to marry each other, how would that in any way affect your life or your marriage? 5) Gay marriage leads to marriage between man and other animals? Non-human animals cannot give consent, nor can they sign a marriage document or say "I do." 6) You oppose same-sex marriage for religious reasons? Well, the United States is officially a secular nation, it is written in the first amendment of the Constitution that "Congress shall not make any law respecting an establishment of religion." And while many people in this country are religious, the views of one religion does not and should not apply to all the people in the country.
KAR May 28, 2014 at 01:22 AM
Tim, please don't go in to fight mode. Think about what wallst just said. He said the same thing everyone else and I said to you. Open your mind and look at the rest of the world. It's bigger than you think.
Frances Stein May 28, 2014 at 08:24 AM
How about if all of the adults here allow people to be who they are, to live authentically, and to create families in any way they wish? And I wish everyone would stop referring to it as 'gay marriage.' It's marriage--plain and simple.
KAR May 28, 2014 at 09:35 PM
Plain and simple.
KAR May 28, 2014 at 10:15 PM
Tim. You dont deserve recognition. You talk to much and don't think.

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