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Corbett says Pennsylvania won't appeal same-sex marriage case
WPXI ^ | May 21, 2014

Posted on 05/21/2014 12:39:31 PM PDT by rightwingintelligentsia

HARRISBURG, Pa. — Pennsylvania's governor says he won't appeal a court decision that struck down the state's gay marriage ban.

Gov. Tom Corbett's decision Wednesday means that same-sex marriage will remain legal in Pennsylvania, without the threat that a higher court will reinstate the ban.

"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," Corbett said.

On Tuesday, U.S. District Court Judge John Jones III struck down Pennsylvania's 1996 law banning recognition of gay marriage, calling it unconstitutional.

Corbett's decision goes against his political beliefs. He opposes same-sex marriage and supported thus-far unsuccessful efforts to amend the state constitution to ban gay marriage.

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; US: Pennsylvania
KEYWORDS: corbett; homosexualagenda; lawsuit; marriage; pennsylvania; poofterism; ssm
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1 posted on 05/21/2014 12:39:31 PM PDT by rightwingintelligentsia
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To: rightwingintelligentsia
He opposes same-sex marriage

No he doesn't. Otherwise he'd uphold his oath and fight it.

2 posted on 05/21/2014 12:42:15 PM PDT by Regulator
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

Another useless Republican.


3 posted on 05/21/2014 12:42:31 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: dfwgator

Actually “useless Republican” is redundant.


4 posted on 05/21/2014 12:42:55 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

I suppose he’s against ObamaCare too just like the GOPe is. But, “it’s the law of the land”.


5 posted on 05/21/2014 12:43:55 PM PDT by headstamp 2 (What would Scooby do?)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

Loser. Let’s hope the voters punish this sack of turd.


6 posted on 05/21/2014 12:48:14 PM PDT by Viennacon
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To: Regulator

Notice the other side never stops fighting. Corbett also gave us a nice fat gas tax increase!


7 posted on 05/21/2014 12:49:50 PM PDT by Phillyred
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

Of course not. Not during an election year.

He is, after all, just another career politician, interested in serving the lobbyists who elected him.


8 posted on 05/21/2014 12:50:25 PM PDT by airborne (My heroes don't wear capes - My heroes wear dog tags!)
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To: dfwgator

He is one of the few incumbent governors in America who is likely to lose in November. His word is no good. Bob


9 posted on 05/21/2014 12:50:36 PM PDT by alstewartfan (She wanders down the hallway in her long black dress Lingers by the fireplace like a faint caress Al)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

He made this bold statement while sitting at his desk with his trousers around his ankles.


10 posted on 05/21/2014 12:50:36 PM PDT by Dr. Thorne ("How long, O Lord, holy and true?" - Rev. 6:10)
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To: Viennacon

As bad as Corbett is, Wolf would be worse.

We are left with no choice whatsoever here in PA.


11 posted on 05/21/2014 12:51:57 PM PDT by airborne (My heroes don't wear capes - My heroes wear dog tags!)
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To: Phillyred

Yes, he broke his NO TAX pledge. Now he says that he KEPT his promise not to raise INCOME taxes. Corbett said ALL taxes in 2010. Just like Bush 41, Republicans will desert him in droves, allowing Communist Tom Wolf to win. Bob


12 posted on 05/21/2014 12:52:49 PM PDT by alstewartfan (She wanders down the hallway in her long black dress Lingers by the fireplace like a faint caress Al)
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To: Regulator

In Michigan Rick Snyder is hardly a conservative but at least he continues to fight and we got a stay as a result.


13 posted on 05/21/2014 12:52:55 PM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin.)
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To: dfwgator
Another useless Republican.

Along with the judge who made this decision (a Bush 43 appointee).

14 posted on 05/21/2014 12:53:10 PM PDT by Lurking Libertarian (Non sub homine, sed sub Deo et lege)
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To: Regulator

exactly

RINOs do not oppose the leftist agenda for the most part.

Judges have no power to impose gay marriage but the inaction by the GOPe has allowed this to continue


15 posted on 05/21/2014 12:55:16 PM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans!)
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To: airborne

The choice of many thousands of Pennsylvania conservatives will be to stay home. He has demoralized his base, and he has run tepid commercials against Wolf, failing to drive up Wolf’s negatives. Any contribution to Corbett will be money flushed down the toilet. Bob


16 posted on 05/21/2014 12:55:20 PM PDT by alstewartfan (She wanders down the hallway in her long black dress Lingers by the fireplace like a faint caress Al)
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To: alstewartfan
He is one of the few incumbent governors in America who is likely to lose in November.

GFR. And I don't mean "Grand Funk Railroad."

17 posted on 05/21/2014 12:55:26 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Lurking Libertarian

Can we get some talk of the good that Tom Corbett has done ? The man has been a friend of the gun owner.


18 posted on 05/21/2014 12:56:23 PM PDT by Celerity
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To: Lurking Libertarian

Exactly. Bush also was a disaster, whose weak leadership brought us Maobama. Bob


19 posted on 05/21/2014 12:56:51 PM PDT by alstewartfan (She wanders down the hallway in her long black dress Lingers by the fireplace like a faint caress Al)
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To: alstewartfan
He is one of the few incumbent governors in America who is likely to lose in November.

Between this and his refusal to appeal the Voter ID ruling, I fear you are right. And Tom Wolf is a rabid Leftist.


20 posted on 05/21/2014 12:58:03 PM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: dfwgator

**I** don’t want the Commie creep Wolf to win, but in reality, Corbett richly deserves defeat. Bob


21 posted on 05/21/2014 12:58:32 PM PDT by alstewartfan (She wanders down the hallway in her long black dress Lingers by the fireplace like a faint caress Al)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

Am I the only one who’s noticed that no matter who we vote for, the Leftist agenda steadily advances?


22 posted on 05/21/2014 12:58:46 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Phillyred; cripplecreek; GeronL

So all I can say about this RINO is...maybe Santorum has a reason to be the Pennsylvania governor.

Maybe someone from PA could tell me if such a thing would have legs.

Near as I can tell Mr. Corbett is a stone fraud.


23 posted on 05/21/2014 1:01:49 PM PDT by Regulator
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To: Slings and Arrows

No.


24 posted on 05/21/2014 1:03:12 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Slings and Arrows

No, you’re not the only one.....But one needs to remember it’s not just a leftist agenda contending with...it’s a Globalist Agenda where the powerful are preparing/working for their seats at that table and the power it will weld.... Unless one views US politics within that sphere of operations they will not see the picture as it is.


25 posted on 05/21/2014 1:03:39 PM PDT by caww
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

This was a Bush judge.


26 posted on 05/21/2014 1:04:06 PM PDT by StoneWall Brigade
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To: StoneWall Brigade

Bush sure could pick ‘em. /s


27 posted on 05/21/2014 1:05:19 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

No appeal of the gay marriage ban, support for medical marijuana...there’s a guy afraid of losing his job.


28 posted on 05/21/2014 1:06:54 PM PDT by Wolfie
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To: Slings and Arrows

No, you’re not the only one.


29 posted on 05/21/2014 1:06:56 PM PDT by rightwingintelligentsia (Democrats: The perfect party for the helpless and stupid, and those who would rule over them.)
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To: Regulator

No, Santorum lost his last election by 20 points. He’s finished in PA, I’m afraid.


30 posted on 05/21/2014 1:07:37 PM PDT by rightwingintelligentsia (Democrats: The perfect party for the helpless and stupid, and those who would rule over them.)
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To: Wolfie

Guess what? He’s going to lose it, anyway.


31 posted on 05/21/2014 1:08:11 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

He shouldn’t appeal it. He and the REST of the governors involved should grow a set and IGNORE it. The Courts have NO RIGHT to redefine marriage - PERIOD.


32 posted on 05/21/2014 1:12:20 PM PDT by ZULU (https://www.facebook.com/freejustina)
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To: airborne
...."We are left with no choice whatsoever here in PA"......

Most of our representation looks like this...all to often in disguise


33 posted on 05/21/2014 1:14:49 PM PDT by caww
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To: Celerity

Yes, we can count on Corbett to defend the 2nd Amendment with his last drop of blood if necessary, or at least until the polls on the issue start to go south on him. Bob


34 posted on 05/21/2014 1:19:09 PM PDT by alstewartfan (She wanders down the hallway in her long black dress Lingers by the fireplace like a faint caress Al)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

He lost by 17 points, thanks to establishment advisers, and his own willingness to compromise with the progressives on issues such as Every Child Left Behind. Bob


35 posted on 05/21/2014 1:21:51 PM PDT by alstewartfan (She wanders down the hallway in her long black dress Lingers by the fireplace like a faint caress Al)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

What happens if one of these appeals cases makes it to the USSC which upholds Section 2 of DOMA? Does the state law then become fully effective again?


36 posted on 05/21/2014 1:36:48 PM PDT by fwdude ( You cannot compromise with that which you must defeat.)
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To: Viennacon
Loser. Let’s hope the voters punish this sack of turd.

What's the use?

The judge's decision was handed down on PA primary day.

If one appointed FEDERAL Judge can overturn the STATE voters and their General Assembly, why even bother to have elections?

37 posted on 05/21/2014 1:38:51 PM PDT by lightman (O Lord, save Thy people and bless Thine inheritance, giving to Thy Church vict'ry o'er Her enemies.)
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To: Regulator
Santorum is not well liked in PA. He has antagonized so many people, they won't support him for dog catcher.

Something to know about PA Republicans — they are almost always liberal. Take a look at past Republican governors. Nearly all of them supported and promoted the liberal agenda. They have all been more tax and spend than the Democrats. They support the expansion of the nanny state. And you can forget about social issues like abortion and gay “marriage. “

I've lived in PA all my 61 years. It really doesn't matter who I vote for. Republican or Democrat — they are all the same.

38 posted on 05/21/2014 1:40:04 PM PDT by fatnotlazy
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

I called Corbett’s office and sent him an e-mail this morning urging him to take immediate action to appeal yesterday’s court ruling to overturn the ban on so-called “gay marriage”. I complained how this is an act of judicial tyranny and it absolutely infuriates me that a single judge can just come along and arbitrarily overturn the will of Pennsylvania voters. Alas, it now turns out our sitting “Republican” governor can’t even be bothered to take a stand for the majority of Pennsylvanians who voted for traditional marriage and at least make a token attempt to appeal the decision.

Needless to say, Corbett will not get one more dime from me. I’m finished with him.

I’ve also now come to a sobering revelation over the past day and it absolutely CRUSHES me to espouse this... But I think I’ve reached the point where I’ve fallen out of love with America.

Actually, maybe I can better state it this way... I LOVE this country as it was founded. I LOVE the traditions and institutions that made the United States of America the greatest in the history of the world and I will forever embrace and uphold these ideals for as long as I live.

Yet I’ve also come to HATE what this culture and overall collection of humanity has become over the past six or so years. It tempts me to want to move my lovely wife and I out to some remote rural location so we can divorce ourselves from the rest of this completely insane and sick society and allow it to complete its unmistakable suicide mission.

But then I remain torn because I know America is the last hope on earth for mankind and I just can’t fully bring myself to jump ship and allow these evil, satanic progressive leftists to burn it all to the ground. And as Memorial Day approaches, I remember and give thanks to all the brave men and women, past and present, who laid down their lives to pave the way for the rest of us. And then I take comfort in my deeply held faith that God is good, that He is ultimately in charge, and will never give us more than we can handle.

So, as hopeless as everything seems, we march onward...


39 posted on 05/21/2014 1:48:56 PM PDT by DestroyLiberalism
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

Coward.


40 posted on 05/21/2014 1:53:53 PM PDT by SoFloFreeper
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To: dfwgator

Judge John Jones, a Republican chairman of our Liquor Control Board under former Governor Tom Ridge, was appointed to the federal bench by George W. Bush.

His ruling came late yesterday on Primary Election Day allowing Corbett to delay his appeal decision until after his Republican primary.

Anyway, a conservative candidate for governor got almost 25 percent of the vote in yesterday’s primary against Corbett in southern PA counties around where I live. Most of the votes won’t count unless write-in because the Republican controlled PA Supreme Court threw the challenger off the ballot.

The political machine works well here in the Keystone State.


41 posted on 05/21/2014 2:07:07 PM PDT by Nextrush (AFFORDABLE CARE ACT=HEALTHCARE INDUSTRY BAILOUT ACT)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia
Corbett is done.

Social conservatives in the rural areas will abandon him.

42 posted on 05/21/2014 2:11:32 PM PDT by LdSentinal
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

I think PA and WV were the last two states that didn’t have a state amendment but also didn’t have ‘gay marriage.’ I wonder how long WV lasts.

Freegards


43 posted on 05/21/2014 3:11:19 PM PDT by Ransomed
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To: alstewartfan

Yep. I am so sick of being politically disarmed. It is really hard to convince someone to not vote democrat when the republicans aren’t even fiscally conservative! So what exactly do republicans stand for? They run like cowards from “social issues” and claim that the focus needs to be on economic issues. Yet they screw us every time.


44 posted on 05/21/2014 5:12:23 PM PDT by Phillyred
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To: Celerity

I’ll still vote for him, sure. I’m not going to throw the towel in, but he is a bore.


45 posted on 05/21/2014 5:15:09 PM PDT by Phillyred
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To: fatnotlazy

I feel almost 40 years of your PA pain. Such a wonderful state too, but idiots everywhere.


46 posted on 05/21/2014 5:17:38 PM PDT by Phillyred
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To: DestroyLiberalism

I think many of us feel that way. The people don’t want the America we love. They enthusiastically fundamentally transformed what we loved. But I STILL keep going back to the fact that in 1776 33% wanted to fight the revolution, 33% wanted to stay with the King of England and 33% didn’t care either way.


47 posted on 05/21/2014 5:21:11 PM PDT by Phillyred
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To: DestroyLiberalism

Excellent post.


48 posted on 05/21/2014 6:33:06 PM PDT by lightman (O Lord, save Thy people and bless Thine inheritance, giving to Thy Church vict'ry o'er Her enemies.)
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To: DestroyLiberalism

Looks like Corbett just lost the election.

http://www.post-gazette.com/news/politics-state/2014/05/21/Corbett-won-t-appeal-ruling-to-allow-same-sex-marriage/stories/201405210178

Wouldn’t appeal the voter ID bill, now won’t appeal this.
Why do our losers have no stones to fight?

I’m done with him. Just like Bush, control both houses and the executive and get nothing done. I’m tired of fighting for people who won’t fight for me.

I emailed Daryl Metcalfe’s office to see if he is in a position to appeal this ruling. (Metcalfe is one of the rare conservatives in PA)

Here was Metcalfe’s statement:
5/21/2014
HARRISBURG — Pennsylvania House State Government Committee Majority Chairman, Representative Daryl Metcalfe (R-Butler), today released the following statement in light of Gov. Tom Corbett’s recent decision not to appeal the federal district court decision striking down Pennsylvania’s Defense of Marriage Act:

“Once again, Governor Corbett has failed to finish the fight.

“The decision on marriage should be left to the voters of Pennsylvania, not an activist judge sitting on the federal bench. Just as Chief Justice Roberts noted in United States v. Windsor, the courts do not have the authority to invalidate ‘democratically adopted legislation.’ The U.S. Supreme Court fully anticipated that the courts would become congested with challenges to state-level defense of marriage acts. Those supporting this immoral initiative know they will not succeed using the legislative process.

“I have proposed a constitutional amendment (House Bill 1349) that would leave the decision to define marriage up to the voters of Pennsylvania. The appropriate forum to debate and discuss this important issue is the legislature, not the disconnected judiciary. Both the court’s decision and the governor’s decision not to appeal this ruling makes my legislation even more critical to allow state lawmakers to exercise their rightful responsibility and obligation to uphold the rule of law and the will of the people.”


I just called the governor’s office at 717-787-2500 to express my outrage at his gutlessness. It was difficult to get through, (I wonder why), lots of hangups. I did finally get through to someone and politely explained my outrage at this horrid excuse for leadership, that I had donated to his primary campaign and that I was through with him.


49 posted on 05/21/2014 7:58:52 PM PDT by westsylvania
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To: alstewartfan

Santorum lost 2 years before he ran for re-election, the day he supported Arlen Spector for another term. He lost the base that day and never got it back.


50 posted on 05/21/2014 7:59:02 PM PDT by westsylvania
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