Governor Corbett Will Not Appeal PA Marriage Equality Ruling

Tom Corbett

Gay wedding bells will continue ringing in Pennsylvania, folks: Governor Tom Corbett has decided not to appeal Judge John Jones III’s decision to strike down the state’s DOMA law, which means same-sex Pennsylvanians can carry on with their wedding plans. In a statement released this afternoon he writes:

“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.




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

"Throughout the debate on this important and meaningful issue, I have maintained that Commonwealth officials and agencies would follow the provisions of Pennsylvania’s marriage law unless or until a court says otherwise. The court has spoken, and I will ensure that my administration follows the provisions of Judge Jones’ order with respect for all parties.

“It is my hope that as the important issue of same-sex relationships continues to be addressed in our society, that all involved be treated with respect.”

This is an updating post. Stay tuned for details — and for goodness sakes, go get married!

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  • Law Student

    He has lost my vote.

    • Carl Michaels

      Great. No one cares

    • Scaba

      Good. Welcome to the 21st Century!

    • Dude

      Which will be more than offset by the absence of a large anti-corbett gotv campaign based on this specific grievance. The Corbett campaign is relying on low turnout in Philly. Gays tend not to care about school issues as straights, so this is a good way to keep turnout low.

      • Jeff

        Don’t be to sure about that. It is still legal to fire, deny housing , deny loans against gay people . This is far from over

        • Carl Williams

          Jeff, it’s okay to come out of the closet

        • http://www.philadelinquency.com Christopher Sawyer

          Unless they’re married, then the employer/landlord/bank would be trapped by the marital status, which IS protected and the civil lawsuit would be a lot harder to fend off.

      • gaywithkids

        Gays dont tend to care about school issues ARE YOU SLOW OR WHAT 0_0

    • almostimpressed

      Oh no, THIS CHANGES EVERYTHING!

    • screwu

      Lol can he also lose your annoying presence in pa MOVE IDIOT hopefully out of the usa

  • Zehr Alte

    The silence from Daryl Metcalfe is deafening.

    No calls for impeachment of the Republican governor?

  • Michael Hlebik

    I am also Roman Catholic. Religion is a faith. You do not have to agree with every single part of your faith. Faith is meant to celebrate God; Faith is not meant to be hidden behind a d used as a justification for bigotry and hatred. i am so glad that he WILL be voted out in November.