Metcalfe Issues Statement on Governor’s Decision Not to Appeal Ruling on PA’s Defense of Marriage Act
HARRISBURG — Pennsylvania House State Government Committee Majority Chairman, Representative Daryl Metcalfe (R-Butler), today released the following statement in light of Gov. Tom Corbett’s recent decision not to appeal the federal district court decision striking down Pennsylvania’s Defense of Marriage Act:

“Once again, Governor Corbett has failed to finish the fight.

“The decision on marriage should be left to the voters of Pennsylvania, not an activist judge sitting on the federal bench. Just as Chief Justice Roberts noted in United States v. Windsor, the courts do not have the authority to invalidate ‘democratically adopted legislation.’ The U.S. Supreme Court fully anticipated that the courts would become congested with challenges to state-level defense of marriage acts. Those supporting this immoral initiative know they will not succeed using the legislative process.

“I have proposed a constitutional amendment (House Bill 1349) that would leave the decision to define marriage up to the voters of Pennsylvania. The appropriate forum to debate and discuss this important issue is the legislature, not the disconnected judiciary. Both the court’s decision and the governor’s decision not to appeal this ruling makes my legislation even more critical to allow state lawmakers to exercise their rightful responsibility and obligation to uphold the rule of law and the will of the people.”

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Representative Daryl Metcalfe
12th District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

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