Inaction on the part of Governor Corbett and the majority of legislators to counter the unconstitutional actions of an unelected judge resulted in the legalization of same-sex marriage in Pennsylvania last week. News account saying Pennsylvania legalized same-sex marriage are an exaggeration of what actually happened — Judge John E. Jones III legalized same-sex “marriage,” not Pennsylvanians or their elected representatives. On May 20th, PA’s primary election day, an unelected judge flexed his unrestrained muscle and struck down our constitutionally passed Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA).
During a press conference in the Media Center at the State Capitol on Monday, homosexual activist State Rep Brian Sims’ primary target was State Rep Daryl Metcalfe. Sims accuses Metcalfe of being the only person in Pennsylvania that stands in the way of “LGBT equality.” He claims that HB and SB 300 are “‘wholly supported by Pennsylvanians,’ including the state’s faith community and business leaders. “
Today the American Family Association of Pennsylvania (AFA of PA) delivered over 2300 petitions from concerned Pennsylvanians to Governor Corbett’s Northwest Regional Office. The petitioners are asking Governor Corbett to appeal Judge John Jones’ May 20th decision which declared our Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) unconstitutional.
Senator Andy Dinniman (D-19) has introduced SB 1382 which would give control of graduation requirements back into the hands of local districts and out of the hands of federal and state governments. Under current law, high school students beginning with the class of 2017 (those currently entering sophomore year) will have to pass high-stakes Keystone Graduation Exams in three subject areas (Algebra I, Biology and Language Arts) in order to earn a diploma. These are developed with no input from teachers teaching those courses. This will simply lead to more “teaching to the test.”
Just a few days ago Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal signed legislation requiring doctors performing abortions to have admitting privileges within a 30 mile radius of the abortion facility. A bill has been introduced in Harrisburg, HB 1762, which would require the same thing, but the Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, Representative Ron Marsico, is hesitating to run it.
Senator John Eichelberger has also introduced a resolution to reclaim states’ rights, similar to State Representative Daryl Metcalfe’s. Time is of the essence as the deadline to appeal Judge Jones’ decision declaring our Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutional is one week from today!
Increasingly voters see unelected judges tossing or rewriting laws which have been passed by their elected legislators — clearly unconstitutional actions. State Representative Daryl Metcalfe and State Senator John Eichelberger have introduced resolutions fighting for states’ rights in their respective chambers. The American Family Association of Pennsylvania (AFA of PA), a statewide organization advocating for the natural family, applauds their efforts to reclaim what has been stolen from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
Senate Pro-Temp Joe Scarnati and/or House Speaker Sam Smith could and should follow in the footsteps of Theresa Santai Gaffney, the Schuylkill County Register of Wills, in petitioning to intervene in the Whitewood v. Wolf case in which Judge John Jones declared our Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutional. As members of the Senate and House leadership, they have the authority to ask to intervene.
On Friday with help from Smith Law Group, LLC of Berks County and Clymer, Musser and Conrad of Lancaster County,Theresa Santai Gaffney, the Schuylkill County Register of Wills, filed a Motion to Intervene in the marriage lawsuit wrongly decided by Judge John Jones III on May 20. She is seeking intervention in the case so that the ruling can be appealed to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.
Late yesterday afternoon Representative Daryl Metcalfe sent out a Co-sponsorship Memoranda asking for co-sponsors to a resolution “Urging Governor Corbett to Defend State’s Rights.”