Skip to comments.Corbett says Pennsylvania won't appeal same-sex marriage case
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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No he doesn't. Otherwise he'd uphold his oath and fight it.
Another useless Republican.
Actually “useless Republican” is redundant.
I suppose he’s against ObamaCare too just like the GOPe is. But, “it’s the law of the land”.
Loser. Let’s hope the voters punish this sack of turd.
Notice the other side never stops fighting. Corbett also gave us a nice fat gas tax increase!
Of course not. Not during an election year.
He is, after all, just another career politician, interested in serving the lobbyists who elected him.
He is one of the few incumbent governors in America who is likely to lose in November. His word is no good. Bob
He made this bold statement while sitting at his desk with his trousers around his ankles.
As bad as Corbett is, Wolf would be worse.
We are left with no choice whatsoever here in PA.
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
In Michigan Rick Snyder is hardly a conservative but at least he continues to fight and we got a stay as a result.
Along with the judge who made this decision (a Bush 43 appointee).
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
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
GFR. And I don't mean "Grand Funk Railroad."
Can we get some talk of the good that Tom Corbett has done ? The man has been a friend of the gun owner.
Exactly. Bush also was a disaster, whose weak leadership brought us Maobama. Bob
**I** don’t want the Commie creep Wolf to win, but in reality, Corbett richly deserves defeat. Bob
Am I the only one who’s noticed that no matter who we vote for, the Leftist agenda steadily advances?
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.
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.
This was a Bush judge.
Bush sure could pick ‘em. /s
No appeal of the gay marriage ban, support for medical marijuana...there’s a guy afraid of losing his job.
No, you’re not the only one.
No, Santorum lost his last election by 20 points. He’s finished in PA, I’m afraid.
Guess what? He’s going to lose it, anyway.
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.
Most of our representation looks like this...all to often in disguise
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
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
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?
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?
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.
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...
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.
Social conservatives in the rural areas will abandon him.
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.
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.
I’ll still vote for him, sure. I’m not going to throw the towel in, but he is a bore.
I feel almost 40 years of your PA pain. Such a wonderful state too, but idiots everywhere.
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.
Looks like Corbett just lost the election.
Wouldnt appeal the voter ID bill, now wont appeal this.
Why do our losers have no stones to fight?
Im done with him. Just like Bush, control both houses and the executive and get nothing done. Im tired of fighting for people who wont fight for me.
I emailed Daryl Metcalfes 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:
HARRISBURG Pennsylvania House State Government Committee Majority Chairman, Representative Daryl Metcalfe (R-Butler), today released the following statement in light of Gov. Tom Corbetts recent decision not to appeal the federal district court decision striking down Pennsylvanias 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 courts decision and the governors 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 governors 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.
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.