Corbett won't appeal same-sex marriage ruling | Pittsburgh City Paper

Corbett won't appeal same-sex marriage ruling

The Associated Press is reporting that Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett will not appeal Tuesday's federal ruling allowing same-sex marriage in Pennsylvania.

According to the report Corbett said an appeal would be "extremely unlikely to succeed."

"Governor Corbett's decision not to waste taxpayers' money defending the indefensible denial of the freedom to marry even one day longer is the right decision for Pennsylvania, for families, and for the country — and one more big step forward to celebrate," wrote Evan Wolfson, president of Freedom to Marry, in a statement. "Pennsylvania is showing the country that when gay couples share in the freedom to marry, it's joy, love, security, and happiness and a stronger community for everyone, and no one loses. And this latest decision by a Republican governor not to try to keep gay couples from marrying is additional proof that all of America is ready for the freedom to marry."

“Governor Corbett did the right thing in not standing in the way of thousands of loving couples’ ability to make lifelong commitments to each other through marriage,” said Human Rights Campaign President Chad Griffin in a statement. “Breaking down this dark wall of discrimination in the Keystone State strengthens our ever-growing momentum as we continue to expand the marriage equality map. Thanks to the hundreds of plaintiffs and attorneys across the country challenging these discriminatory marriage bans, its only a matter of time before a state border no longer dictates whether a loving couple can legally share in the joys of marriage.”

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