FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 20, 2014
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"The ruling unilaterally makes an end-run around the democratic process and places the capricious will of one man above the desires of millions of citizens." — Brian Brown, NOM president —
Washington, D.C. — The National Organization for Marriage (NOM) today expressed disappointment at the outcome of a federal court case in Pennsylvania challenging that state's statutory definition of marriage as the union of one man and one woman. NOM condemned the decision in the case, issued by U.S. District Judge John E. Jones, III, which found Pennsylvania's marriage law unconstitutional, and the organization expressed its hope that Governor Corbett's administration would immediately appeal the ruling and seek a stay of the decision's effects.
"Pennsylvania voters have long sought, and been denied, the right to vote on the issue of marriage. This ruling adds insult to injury, as it leaves the citizens of Pennsylvania doubly disenfranchised," said Brian Brown, NOM's President. "Members of the Pennsylvania legislature have been actively working for years to put this matter to the voters, which makes Judge Jones' cavalier decision even more brazen and unjust. The ruling unilaterally makes an end-run around the democratic process and places the capricious will of one man above the desires of millions of citizens."
Brown said he hoped that the decision's effects would be stayed and that the Corbett administration would pursue an orderly and thorough appeal of the ruling.
"We know from the stay granted in the case in Utah that the Supreme Court believes these matters should be thoroughly debated and legally argued, and that there is nothing ‘inevitable' about marriage redefinition," Brown explained. "The administration owes it to the people of Pennsylvania to pursue this matter vigorously through the court system, and give marriage the defense it requires and deserves. This is especially true in Pennsylvania, where the people have already seen the insult of the Attorney General abandoning her oath of office and refusing to defend marriage. The administration stepped in to right that wrong in this case, and we urge them to continue to render justice by providing a defense of Pennsylvania's marriage laws."
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