PA Gov. Tom Corbett & Cohorts Want Names Removed From Same-Sex Marriage Lawsuit
Hmm...they have no problem actively fighting against same-sex marriage, but it looks like Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett and his cohorts don't want their names linked to the lawsuit that could decide whether or not same-sex marriage is legal in the state.
Afraid of going on legal record as being on the wrong side of history?
Pennsylvania's governor, its chief legal officer and its health secretary are asking to be released as defendants in a federal lawsuit seeking to overturn the state's gay-marriage ban.
In papers filed Monday in U.S. District Court in Harrisburg, Gov. Tom Corbett's legal team argued that the U.S. Constitution provides state officials immunity from being sued in federal court without their consent. The governor's lawyers also contend that Corbett and Health Secretary Michael Wolf should be dismissed as defendants because of a 1972 Supreme Court ruling that says the federal courts lack jurisdiction over state marriage laws.
In a separate filing, lawyers for state Attorney General Kathleen Kane argued that she should not be a defendant because she is not enforcing the law.
In addition to Corbett, Kane and Wolf, two county officials are named in the lawsuit.
Lawyers in the case are scheduled to meet Wednesday with Judge John E. Jones III to discuss scheduling matters, including the timing of a trial.
We sympathize with Attorney General Kathleen Kane, who's been very vocal in her opposition to Pennsylvania's same-sex marriage ban and has refused to defend it. She shouldn't be lumped in with the others.
As for those that are actively working to deny gays and lesbians their rights? Stand proud in your bigotry or give up.