Gov. Corbett will not appeal gay marriage ruling

An American flag is raised at City Hall next to a rainbow flag on May 20, hours after a federal court judge ruled that Pennsylvania's gay marriage ban has been lifted. Credit: Christina Paciolla/METRO
An American flag is raised at City Hall next to a rainbow flag on May 20, hours after a federal court judge ruled that Pennsylvania’s gay marriage ban has been lifted. Credit: Christina Paciolla/METRO

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett announced today that he will not appeal Tuesday’s opinion where a federal court judge ruled that Pennsylvania’s same-sex marriage ban is unconstitutional.

Equality PA sent out a statement thanking the governor for allowing the judgment to stand.

“Words cannot express what this means to the loving couples and families in Pennsylvania who have waited so long to be recognized,” said Executive Director Ted Martin.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Pennsylvania, who filed the original lawsuit in July of 2013 asking that same-sex couples marry or already same-sex married couples be recognized in the commonwealth, offered this: “We applaud the governor for letting the constitutional principles of freedom and equality ring throughout Pennsylvania by allowing loving same-sex couples to marry.”

On Tuesday afternoon,  U.S. District Court Judge John Jones III ruled that Pennsylvania’s 1996 Defense of Marriage Act was unconstitutional.

“We are a better people than what these laws represent, and it is time to discard them into the ash heap of history,” he wrote.

Pennsylvania now becomes the 19th state where gay marriage is allowed.

Thousands of people descended upon Philadelphia’s City Hall on Tuesday afternoon celebrating the landmark decision.



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