Daryl Metcalfe Spearheads Resolution to Stop Marriage Equality in Pennsylvania
You knew he’d rear his ugly head eventually: Penn Live reports that State Representative Daryl Metcalfe, along with Senator John Eichelberger, has drafted resolutions asking Governor Tom Corbett to rethink his decision to leave the May 20th marriage equality ruling as-is. Metcalfe announced the resolutions with this statement:
This federal court’s blatant and tyrannical usurpation of power is a direct assault on the sovereignty of every current and future law adopted by this Commonwealth. … The governor’s announcement that he does not intend to appeal this judicial activist decision establishes a harmful precedent against the sovereign powers reserved to the states, or we the people, by America’s founders through the 10th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.
Ultimately, any changes to Pennsylvania’s definition of marriage should come as a result of the legislative process, allowing elected members of the General Assembly the opportunity to carry out the clearly expressed will of the citizens they represent. … Regardless of your position on the definition of marriage, it should greatly concern all Pennsylvania citizens when an unelected federal court judge rewrites a state law, which clearly expresses the will of the people as enacted by elected members of the Pennsylvania General Assembly.
Recent polls show that his stance is completely unpopular, and out of touch with the rest of the state, but the resolution is finding support in the Pennsylvania Pastors Network (PPN.) Yesterday, the organization publicly announced it would back the bill. A statement from PPN President Sam Rohrer.
We have called for these resolutions because no laws passed by the Pennsylvania Legislature — past, present or future — are safe any longer if these egregious actions by unelected federal judges are not stopped.
Matters such as this plague every state and should unsettle every American. The question for Pennsylvanians today is, ‘Who do you want making Pennsylvania laws? One unelected judge? Or the Representatives you, the people, elect to the State House to represent your interests?'”
Governor Corbett has 30 days from the May 20th decision to appeal the ruling. Let’s hope he sticks to his guns.