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GOP Gov. Decides After 'Immense Struggle' Not to Appeal Striking of PA Same-Sex Marriage Ban
Christian Post ^ | 05/27/2014 | Anugr

Posted on 05/27/2014 11:54:53 AM PDT by SeekAndFind

Pennsylvania's Republican Gov. Tom Corbett decided not to challenge a federal judge's ruling overturning his state's same-sex marriage ban after an "immense struggle" due to "his religious beliefs based on his Catholic upbringing and teachings," an aide says.

"The governor personally struggled immensely with this decision," Corbett's chief of staff, Leslie Gromis Baker, tells Philly.com. "Prior to the opinion being released, the governor was conflicted between his personal and religious beliefs based on his Catholic upbringing and teachings, and the legal arguments that were made in Judge Jones' opinion."

"Given the high legal threshold set forth by Judge Jones in this case, the case is extremely unlikely to succeed on appeal," Corbett said in a statement Wednesday, the day after Judge John E. Jones III overturned the state's 1996 law defining marriage as between men and women.

"Therefore, after review of the opinion and on the advice of my Commonwealth legal team, I have decided not appeal," said Corbett, who's just won the GOP's primary in pursuit of a re-election bid. He added though that he personally believes "that marriage is between one man and one woman."

When the ruling came, Corbett was preparing to be re-nominated, the governor's aides were quoted as saying. After the primary-night party in Pittsburgh, Corbett took home the judgment and read it several times.

Judge Jones concluded in the 39-page decision, "That same-sex marriage causes discomfort in some does not make its prohibition constitutional. Nor can past tradition trump the bedrock constitutional guarantees of due process and equal protection. Were that not so, ours would still be a racially segregated nation according to the now rightfully discarded doctrine of 'separate but equal.'"

Pennsylvania's Attorney General Kathleen Kane has also stated that she will not defend the gay marriage ban due to "the unconstitutionality of this law."

Brian Brown, president of the National Organization for Marriage, sharply criticized Corbett.

"Marriage is a unique public good that deserves a vigorous defense; however Governor Corbett has refused to step up to the task, and chosen instead to defend himself and his political aspirations," Brown said in a statement. "Governor Corbett is abandoning marriage with this choice. He is also turning his back on the people of Pennsylvania and selling out his principles precisely when it is most necessary that he stand by them!"

Federal judges in many states have struck down state amendments and laws banning same-sex marriage as unconstitutional since the U.S. Supreme Court last June squashed a key part of the federal Defense of Marriage Act, or DOMA. They have revoked bans also in Michigan, Utah, Texas, Oklahoma and Virginia, and ordered Kentucky and Tennessee to recognize out-of-state gay marriages. However, in many cases, stays have been issued pending appeals.

Same-sex marriage is currently recognized in 19 states – California, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, and Washington – and the District of Columbia.


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; News/Current Events; US: Pennsylvania
KEYWORDS: gaymarriage; homosexualagenda; pennsylvania; samesexmarriage

1 posted on 05/27/2014 11:54:53 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

Spare us, RINO.


2 posted on 05/27/2014 11:55:47 AM PDT by Genoa (Starve the beast.)
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To: SeekAndFind

So much for States rights.........


3 posted on 05/27/2014 12:00:31 PM PDT by capydick (''Life's tough.......it's even tougher if you're stupid.'')
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To: SeekAndFind

No Catholic can preside over this. If can can’t continue fighting it, he must resign (or just admit he is no longer Catholic).


4 posted on 05/27/2014 12:00:43 PM PDT by steve86 ( Acerbic by nature, not nurture)
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To: SeekAndFind

Satan: “Next!...”


5 posted on 05/27/2014 12:01:00 PM PDT by frogjerk (We are conservatives. Not libertarians, not "fiscal conservatives", not moderates)
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To: SeekAndFind

Here’s the immense struggle: “What impact will this have on my political career?”


6 posted on 05/27/2014 12:01:06 PM PDT by Dr. Thorne ("How long, O Lord, holy and true?" - Rev. 6:10)
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To: SeekAndFind
He's going to lose his Governor's race to Wolf, and good riddance to him. Let the Democrats be the Democrats - I'm tired of the Republicans being Democrats.
7 posted on 05/27/2014 12:01:07 PM PDT by TitansAFC (2016: 1. Palin, 2. Cruz, 3. Perry, 4. Walker, 5. Huckabee (to make the GOP-E see what WE go through))
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To: SeekAndFind
Repeal Lawrence v. Texas.
9 posted on 05/27/2014 12:04:55 PM PDT by Engraved-on-His-hands (Conservative 2016!! The Dole, H.W. Bush, McCain, Romney experiment has failed.)
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To: SeekAndFind

A lot of us citizens still do not support this, but our elected judges and attorney generals refuse to uphold and defend the law. Meanwhile, the media serves as uninhibited cheerleader and lobbyist for this ‘cause’. A new definition of marriage exclusively for hetro-couples will need to be created. We were not prepared for this government imposed mandate.


10 posted on 05/27/2014 12:05:10 PM PDT by lee martell
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To: SeekAndFind
So few Republicans in office really support the interests of constitutional conservatives, except for a path to getting elected. It seems that as soon as they can, they find an excuse to betray their constituency.

It seems that PA and OH sheare more than a border....they share a problem. Both states have elected Republican US Senators and governors, hoping for some sanity. And, look what we get.

11 posted on 05/27/2014 12:06:04 PM PDT by grania
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To: SeekAndFind
Luke 12:47-48

"Yet it is the servant who knew his Lord’s will, and did not make ready for him, or do his will, that will have many strokes of the lash; he who did not know of it, yet earned a beating, will have only a few. Much will be asked of the man to whom much has been given; more will be expected of him, because he was entrusted with more."

12 posted on 05/27/2014 12:06:08 PM PDT by frogjerk (We are conservatives. Not libertarians, not "fiscal conservatives", not moderates)
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To: TitansAFC

I know nothing about him but this guy sounds like a RINO & seems to be road kill. I’m really sick of these so-called catholics who refuse to stand for their beliefs.


13 posted on 05/27/2014 12:07:18 PM PDT by Digger
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To: lee martell
A new definition of marriage exclusively for hetro-couples will need to be created.

It is not needed and already exists. Holy Matrimony. Live it and Preach it in Christ, Jesus.

14 posted on 05/27/2014 12:08:32 PM PDT by frogjerk (We are conservatives. Not libertarians, not "fiscal conservatives", not moderates)
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To: SeekAndFind
Piece of crap Republican DEMOCRAT IN HIDING Gov. Tom Corbett, you stinking RINO.
We WILL NOT forget ! ! !

This is what we get when we FAIL to OBEY God.
For it is written: Those who support homosexuals are against our Heavenly Father and His Son Jesus Christ.
These anti Christ people only bring destruction on us ALL.
I have NO sympathy for homosexuals!

Homosexuality is a "Mark" of disobedience.
Someone once asked The answer is in the definition of "REPROBATE". And the reason"why" is given in the Bible.

God has a cure for homosexuals.

"Indeed I tremble for my country when I reflect
that God is just,
that his justice cannot sleep forever."


16 posted on 05/27/2014 12:09:32 PM PDT by Yosemitest (It's Simple ! Fight, ... or Die !)
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To: TitansAFC

Corbett sucks so bad. Raises the gasoline tax to build roads near Philly. Doesn’t push back on voter ID. Let’s this one go too. What’s the difference between him and Wolf?


17 posted on 05/27/2014 12:10:20 PM PDT by stevio (God, guns, guts.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Hey Judge Jones, can I marry my pet turtle? How about my toaster oven, can I marry it?

Jones, you friggin retard.


18 posted on 05/27/2014 12:11:48 PM PDT by smoothsailing
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To: stevio
What’s the difference between him and Wolf?

I fear we are about to find out. Wolf is WAAAAAAY out there on the Left. Corbett is running up the white flag on gay marriage. Wolf will probably conduct the forced busing of gay couples into your neighborhood to marry on your lawn. Corbett has largely held the line on taxes, aside from that stupid highway bill. Wolf is gonna tax everything that breathes and is not nailed down. Corbett is a putz, but Wolf is gonna be WAAAAAY worse!


19 posted on 05/27/2014 12:20:51 PM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: Buckeye McFrog

I know what you’re saying, I’ll probably “hold my nose” and vote for Corbett in the fall. But damn.


20 posted on 05/27/2014 12:22:40 PM PDT by stevio (God, guns, guts.)
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To: Dr. Thorne
Here’s the immense struggle: “What impact will this have on my political career?”

Apparently, none. He's double-digits behind the democrat Tom Wolf and has been for months. Corbett's one and done.

21 posted on 05/27/2014 12:25:07 PM PDT by ScottinVA (Obama is so far in over his head, even his ears are beneath the water level.)
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To: stevio

RE: I know what you’re saying, I’ll probably “hold my nose” and vote for Corbett in the fall. But damn.

Think about it this way. You are on a train that is approaching a clift.

There are three possibilities in choosing the driver:

1) One who will stop the train and reverse it.

2) One who will slow it down

3) One who will stay its course and its current speed

4) One who will accelerate the speed.

Unfortunately for PA, we don’t have a driver who meets criteria #1.

Corbett meets criteria #2 somehow.

Wolf on the other hand is #4.

There are some conservatives who simply say, let’s just let #4 be the driver so that we can all die together faster and be done with it.


22 posted on 05/27/2014 12:31:31 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

Tom Corbett can never again pretend to be against the leftist agenda and say he opposes homosexual marriages, because he obviously does not oppose them.


23 posted on 05/27/2014 12:48:43 PM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans)
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To: frogjerk
IMO: There are more Catholics in Hell than any other denomination or religion.

Would you be so kind as to restrict your attacks to the blithering idiot *individuals* who deserve them, and not throw ignorant smears on loads of innocent people (i.e. Catholics) who don't deserve to be sprayed with drive-by bullets, like that? Not every Catholic is a Corbett or a Pelosi, just as not every Protestant is a Wendy Davis or an Al Sharpton.
24 posted on 05/27/2014 12:49:42 PM PDT by paladinan (Rule #1: There is a God. Rule #2: It isn't you.)
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To: lee martell

These courts have no constitutional power to impose laws on states, these Governors who refuse to fight it are complicit with the leftist agenda


25 posted on 05/27/2014 12:49:51 PM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans)
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To: SeekAndFind; stevio

There are some conservatives who simply say, let’s just let #4 be the driver so that we can all die together faster and be done with it.

I used to think like you do. But, that was years ago. I've seen and experienced what the #2 option has to offer. Like putting out a wellhead fire by dropping water on it, it just doesn't work. Now I'm firmly in the option #4 camp. Why? ... because the only way to put out an oil fire at the wellhead is with an explosion. Washington is a wellhead on fire. We need that explosion, and option #4 is best suited to provide it. Just be ready to cap the well when it blows, 'cause we're going to let it blow.


26 posted on 05/27/2014 12:58:18 PM PDT by so_real ( "The Congress of the United States recommends and approves the Holy Bible for use in all schools.")
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To: Buckeye McFrog
I fear we are about to find out. Wolf is WAAAAAAY out there on the Left.

And the most ironic thing is that his campaign commercials made him look like a Mitt Romney-clone businessman.

Can you say '1%er'?

27 posted on 05/27/2014 1:00:34 PM PDT by bassmaner (Hey commies: I am a white male, and I am guilty of NOTHING! Sell your 'white guilt' elsewhere.)
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To: so_real
I think you share the same philosophy as this author ( who contributes to the National Review )


28 posted on 05/27/2014 1:02:50 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: frogjerk

Our Christian Pastors are increasingly not permitted to adhere to the biblical definition of marriage, under threat of being fully taxed as a profit organization or under threat of the Libertine Mafioso that will work at suing you into bankruptcy. This degree of in-your-face confrontation is encouraged by the Dems who are used as useful idiots supporting an ever-expanding agenda . Under this president, the boundaries of our Christian faith mean absolutely nothing in the legal sense.


29 posted on 05/27/2014 1:04:18 PM PDT by lee martell
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To: GeronL
These courts have no constitutional power to impose laws on states, these Governors who refuse to fight it are complicit with the leftist agenda

Short but sweet...speaking of CONSTITUTIONAL

You nailed it, thanks.

30 posted on 05/27/2014 1:06:36 PM PDT by Syncro (Benghazi-LIES/CoverupIRS-LIES/CoverupDOJ-NO Justice--Etc Marxist Treason IMPEACH!)
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To: SeekAndFind

It makes no more sense to vote . . . for politicians or for policies. Every so often, the politicians pass some policy that seems sensible, but the courts just throw it out anyway. Now I’m waiting for the country to collapse in the hope that something better will replace it.


31 posted on 05/27/2014 1:08:00 PM PDT by madprof98
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To: Engraved-on-His-hands
Repeal Lawrence v. Texas.

I know what you mean, and agree. But court cases are not repealed; they are overturned.

32 posted on 05/27/2014 1:18:57 PM PDT by fwdude ( You cannot compromise with that which you must defeat.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Celebrating sodomy. Pathetic.


33 posted on 05/27/2014 2:05:43 PM PDT by SoFloFreeper
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To: SeekAndFind

Another GOP-er that cows and surrenders before the depraved leftist agenda?

Color me unsurprised. More evidence that there is just no point in voting anymore.


34 posted on 05/27/2014 2:21:06 PM PDT by greene66
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To: SeekAndFind

PA’S AG Kane (D) is the one who refused to prosecute a group of corrupt Philadelphia pols because they’re a) Democrats and b) minorities.


35 posted on 05/27/2014 2:26:04 PM PDT by EDINVA
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To: SeekAndFind

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett “personally struggled immensely” with his decision “not to challenge a federal judge’s ruling overturning his state’s same-sex marriage ban...”.
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Is his “struggle” indicative of a conscience? He should just ignore the federal judges/courts since the feds have no constitutional basis for being involved in the matter. Then his conscience would be clear because he did the right thing.


36 posted on 05/27/2014 2:32:24 PM PDT by lakecumberlandvet (Appeasement never works.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Does Corbett even have standing to appeal?


37 posted on 05/28/2014 9:00:27 AM PDT by Michael1977
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