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Pennsylvania Governor Won’t Fight Ruling That Allows Gay Marriage
NYT ^ | 5/22/14 | By TRIP GABRIEL

Posted on 05/21/2014 7:05:17 PM PDT by Oliviaforever

Gov. Tom Corbett of Pennsylvania said Wednesday that he would not appeal a judge’s ruling striking down Pennsylvania’s ban on same-sex marriage.

With the decision, Pennsylvania became the 19th state, along with the District of Columbia, where same-sex couples are able to marry. Judge John E. Jones III of Federal District Court on Tuesday became the latest judge to throw out a series of state bans around the country, writing, “It is time to discard them into the ash heap of history.”

Mr. Corbett, a Republican facing a difficult re-election this year, announced his decision the day after Democratic primary voters picked Tom Wolf, a wealthy businessman, to challenge him. Polls show a majority of Pennsylvanians favor legalizing same-sex marriage. Had the governor appealed the court’s decision, he risked handing his opponent a potent issue on which to drive Democrats to vote.

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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Government; News/Current Events; US: Pennsylvania
KEYWORDS: gaymarriage; homosexualagenda; pennsylgomorrah; tomcorbett

1 posted on 05/21/2014 7:05:17 PM PDT by Oliviaforever
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To: Oliviaforever

Chris Christie also had chosen not to appeal a court order which forced homosexual marriage on New Jersey.


2 posted on 05/21/2014 7:12:30 PM PDT by Dilbert San Diego
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To: Oliviaforever
Guys like this Governor are the reason I left the GOP.

Accommodate, Hell! The Forces of Darkness advance unimpeded and the Quislings in the GOP do nothing but enable them.



America demands Justice for the Fallen of Benghazi!

O stranger, tell the Lacedaemonians that we lie here, obedient to their command.

Listen, O isles, unto me; and hearken, ye people, from far; The LORD hath called me from the womb; from the bowels of my mother hath he made mention of my name. (Isaiah 49:1 KJV)

3 posted on 05/21/2014 7:12:43 PM PDT by ConorMacNessa (HM/2 USN, 3/5 Marines RVN 1969 - St. Mlichael the Archangel defend us in Battle!)
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To: Oliviaforever

Too bad the gays can’t find a judge to nullify Darwinian law.


4 posted on 05/21/2014 7:15:39 PM PDT by allendale
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To: Dilbert San Diego
He's missing his cajones. I wonder who took them.
5 posted on 05/21/2014 7:22:53 PM PDT by cloudmountain
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To: Oliviaforever

Rotten, so they are saying this is the 19th state so it would seem it is starting to get close to even between the States that have it and those that have regular marriages only. Not good news.


6 posted on 05/21/2014 7:22:55 PM PDT by BeadCounter
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To: Oliviaforever

Governor Tom Corbett of Pennsylvania is also missing his set.


7 posted on 05/21/2014 7:23:58 PM PDT by cloudmountain
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To: BeadCounter

19 states may have it but it must be about 10 of them have had judges decide it, another 4 or 5, the legislatures doing it and the remainder, not many, having a public vote okay it.


8 posted on 05/21/2014 7:25:57 PM PDT by BeadCounter
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To: Oliviaforever

I know some politicians are just scared of this topic, I know of one man who did NOT change his position being against same sex marriage but he stopped being very vocal on it, all the same.


9 posted on 05/21/2014 7:27:59 PM PDT by BeadCounter
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To: Oliviaforever
“It is time to discard them into the ash heap of history.”

Rather than discard God's plan, and the lessons of all of history, I think it would be much better to throw this whole crop of judges and politicians on the ash heap instead.

10 posted on 05/21/2014 7:30:41 PM PDT by EternalVigilance
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To: Oliviaforever
Corbett lacks standing to appeal. From the ruling, "Plaintiffs voluntarily dismissed Defendants Corbett,Kane, and Poknis" It is well-settled that a defendant in a federal case who is dismissed from the case generally can not appeal a judgment against his former co-defendants. There was no judgment against Corbett in any capacity, so he has no stake in the outcome of the suit.
12 posted on 05/21/2014 7:45:27 PM PDT by Michael1977
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To: Oliviaforever

Sickening cowardice. And Corbett is going to lose because he is running left not only on this.

All the news channels said “Pennsylvsnia legalized gay marriage. “ no such thing happened.


13 posted on 05/21/2014 7:59:53 PM PDT by Williams
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To: Oliviaforever
This is the main difference between a politician and a statesman:

The politician checks which way he thinks the political winds are blowing and acts accordingly, even if the consequences are dire.

The statesman does the right thing regardless of public opinion.

Sadly, Governor Corbett is your garden-variety politician.

14 posted on 05/21/2014 8:12:07 PM PDT by MichaelCorleone (Jesus Christ is not a religion. He's the Truth.)
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To: Oliviaforever

I, for one, am sick and tired of hearing about this deviancy. It seems like they expect us to kiss there collective a$$es. Well, not me. They can kiss mine.


15 posted on 05/21/2014 8:12:41 PM PDT by NCC-1701 (I am proud of what America USED TO BE.)
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To: Oliviaforever

What would be the point? We’ve lost this one. It sucks, but that’s what is.

Something swept across the nation turning thousands of years of history on its head. Just a very few years ago anybody would’ve said that the concept of gay marriage was an absurdity. It would never happen. We’ve learned however that popular culture drives policy now, and pop culture has done an about-face on this topic in an astonishingly short time. The gay mafia has successfully bullied any voices of disagreement into silence. Anyone expressing discomfort is shown the fear of public shame.

This is how fascists work. You’re free to believe what you wish, but you wouldn’t want your neighbors to find out...


16 posted on 05/21/2014 8:20:06 PM PDT by Ramius (Personally, I give us one chance in three. More tea anyone?)
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To: Oliviaforever

A GOP leader that won’t fight?
A GOP leader comfortable with his state being delivered over to deviancy?

Color me unsurprised.

I can’t help but think back to all those conventions and speeches I used to see years ago, in which the Republican Party proclaimed themselves as standing up for family values. Lying bastards.


17 posted on 05/21/2014 8:51:23 PM PDT by greene66
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To: Ramius

i wonder who’s behind the swift change in heart... nothing in all of history has caused such a change in such short a time on such a thorny issue. Something tells me there is much more than just human minds behind this reversal.


18 posted on 05/21/2014 9:13:14 PM PDT by FutureRocketMan (Santorum, Perry, or Paul 2016;)
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To: greene66

“I can’t help but think back to all those conventions and speeches I used to see years ago, in which the Republican Party proclaimed themselves as standing up for family values. Lying bastards.”

You nailed that one.


19 posted on 05/21/2014 9:13:20 PM PDT by Oliviaforever
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To: Oliviaforever

God help us all to find some peace.

I don’t argue about gay marriage because those behind it are really in the business of establishing tyranny and destroying the First Amendment’s guarantees of free speech and religion.

Justice Scalia said in his dissent on the cases last year that those opposing gay marriage were being “demonized”.

They are the modern equivalent of ‘witches’ in centuries past as far as the gay marriage crowd is concerned.

Governor Corbett is giving his consent to the witch hunters.

Ten years ago Karl Rove had a strategy and President Bush came to Pennsylvania to implement it by meeting Amish leaders in a tent in Lancaster County, PA. The GOP lobbied the plain people to get behind Bush because he was for marriage being between a man and woman.

We have come a long way, baby....


20 posted on 05/22/2014 12:25:59 AM PDT by Nextrush (AFFORDABLE CARE ACT=HEALTHCARE INDUSTRY BAILOUT ACT)
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Sodomy is all the rage these days! Yeah, yeah — it’s about love...


21 posted on 05/22/2014 12:33:07 AM PDT by Gene Eric (Don't be a statist!)
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To: Oliviaforever

Republican Party: this is one big reason why I ignore your mailings and your phone calls. Not a single thin dime.

I will choose candidates I trust to support. Not the party.


22 posted on 05/22/2014 2:37:59 AM PDT by SoFloFreeper
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To: Oliviaforever

Do you all smell that?
Smells like someones re-election died.


23 posted on 05/22/2014 5:45:12 AM PDT by Yorlik803 ( Church/Caboose in 2016)
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To: Yorlik803
I am generally inclined to hold my nose and vote for the RINO when the Democrat alternative is worse. Not this time. Social conservatives should boycott this election in Pennsylvania. Let Corbett sink. Liberals and RINOs understand two things: money and votes. Take away the votes and let the Democrats get the patronage this time, and try again in 2018.
24 posted on 05/22/2014 5:55:24 AM PDT by Wallace T.
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To: cloudmountain

He raised our gas tax this year also. I am not voting anymore in this rotten state.


25 posted on 05/22/2014 7:44:30 AM PDT by angcat
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To: Nextrush
I've been watching "The World At War", a documentary made in the early 70's about WWII.

It is depressing to learn how the propaganda machine of Hitler, et al turned an entire society against the Jews. Depressing because I see it happening here against Christians. How long before any questionnaire one has to complete asks if you are a Christian? How long then afterward will Christians be denied permits to do business, buy things, build, walk or vacation where they want.

Like the saying goes, those that forget history are doomed to repeat it.

26 posted on 05/22/2014 2:15:48 PM PDT by 3catsanadog (I love my country; I don't like its government)
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To: angcat
He raised our gas tax this year also. I am not voting anymore in this rotten state.

He can do that? That isn't the job of the legislature? Wow. Powerful position.

27 posted on 05/22/2014 4:17:16 PM PDT by cloudmountain
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To: Wallace T.

You will need a better explanation of how making the democrats more powerful helps conservatives.


28 posted on 05/23/2014 9:38:45 AM PDT by Ramius (Personally, I give us one chance in three. More tea anyone?)
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To: Ramius

The Pennsylvania governorship does not affect the Federal legislature, at least in the 2015-18 period. Redistricting does not occur until 2021. Punishing that state’s RINO governor is a relatively low risk way to punish the cowardly GOP-E for its duplicity on this social issue. Sometimes a strategic fallback is good strategy. It worked for George Washington during the War for Independence.


29 posted on 05/25/2014 8:32:15 PM PDT by Wallace T.
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To: Ramius

The Pennsylvania governorship does not affect the Federal legislature, at least in the 2015-18 period. Redistricting does not occur until 2021. Punishing that state’s RINO governor is a relatively low risk way to punish the cowardly GOP-E for its duplicity on this social issue. Sometimes a strategic fallback is good strategy. It worked for George Washington during the War for Independence.


30 posted on 05/25/2014 8:32:16 PM PDT by Wallace T.
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