The Catholic and Republican governor of Pennsylvania Tom Corbett is facing an election. With that in mind, he just announced that he will not appeal a wacky judge’s ruling overturning a popular vote that declared marriage as between one man and one woman.
He said, according to Christian News:
“As a Roman Catholic, the traditional teaching of my faith has not wavered. I continue to maintain the belief that marriage is between one man and one woman,” Gov. Tom Corbett said in a statement released on Wednesday. “[But] my duties as governor require that I follow the laws as interpreted by the courts and make a judgment as to the likelihood of a successful appeal.”
“Given the high legal threshold set forth by Judge Jones in this case, the case is extremely unlikely to succeed on appeal. Therefore, after review of the opinion and on the advice of my Commonwealth legal team, I have decided not to appeal Judge Jones’ decision,” he stated. “It is my hope that as the important issue of same-sex relationships continues to be addressed in our society, that all involved be treated with respect.”
He’s punting. Make no mistake about it. And the whole thing about throwing his Catholic faith in the mix is a way of saying he’s personally pro-traditional marriage, kind of like some say “personally pro-life.” It’s a sham.