Theresa Santai-Gaffney , Schuylkill County Register of Wills, has not given up her efforts to challenge the decision of Judge John E. Jones III to legalize same-sex “marriage” in Pennsylvania. The American Family Association of Pennsylvania (AFA of PA), a statewide advocate for natural marriage, applauds and fully supports her efforts.
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).
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!
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.”
Today Judge John Jones ruled that PA’s Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), defining marriage as only between one man and one woman and forbidding the state to recognize same-sex “marriages” performed in other states, was unconstitutional.
Judge John Jones’ decision today to declare Pennsylvania’s Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) unconstitutional comes as no surprise. He made the same type mistake in his 2005 decision in the Dover Area School District intelligent design case forbidding even the mention of an alternative theory to the theory of evolution. The American Family Association of Pennsylvania (AFA of PA) condemns Jones’ continued judicial activism as he steps out of line with other judges who are redefining marriage with their wrong-headed decisions. We call on Governor Tom Corbett to appeal this outrageous decision.
Yesterday Attorney General Kathleen Kane announced she would not appeal a ruling by Schuylkill County Judge Jacqueline L. Russell which threw out an assisted suicide case. In the Attorney General’s statement announcing her decision, she said it was her job to enforce the law. The American Family Association of Pennsylvania (AFA of PA) has contacted Attorney General Kane expressing our concerns over her decision to pick and choose the laws she enforces.
The two authors of a same-sex “marriage” bill in the State House, HB 1686, are asking Governor Corbett to drop his defense of the Pennsylvania Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). Open homosexual State Rep Brian Sims and co-author State Rep Steve McCarter want Governor Corbett to follow in the footstep of New Jersey Governor Chris Christie in forsaking the fight for one man one woman biological marriage.
Governor Corbett’s general counsel has announced his office will take up the job of defending Pennsylvania’s Defense of Marriage Act. The American Family Association of Pennsylvania (AFA of PA), a statewide advocate for natural marriage, applauds this decision.
Pennsylvania’s Attorney General Kathleen Kane is refusing to defend our Defense of Marriage Act. Apparently the Commonwealth Attorneys Act gives her that option, although she may be stretching the interpretation of that law. Governor Corbett can appoint someone else to defend it, although at this point he has not.