I have a new, expanded nickname for Tom Corbett: Gov. Cyrano de Gasbag. He is now tilting at windmills with dual announcements that he will fund, via taxpayers, legal fights against marriage equality. First he’s going to Commonwealth Court to stop Montgomery County Register of Wills Bruce Hanes from continuing to issue marriage licenses to same sex couples. Thus far 34 such licenses have been granted and six couples have wed turning gay rights into gay rites.
Secondly Cyrano de Gasbag has decided to spend more tax dollars contesting the ACLU lawsuit in federal court seeking to overturn the Commonwealth’s DOMA law. The U.S. Supreme Court recently determined that such discrimination is unconstitutional and the ACLU was hoping our idiot Governor would take the bait and fight them in court. They hope to make this the test case which will overturn all state DOMA laws nationally. Corbett took the bait and now the ACLU will set the hook and reel him in.
Congressional conservatives wasted $2.5 million defending the indefensible DOMA in Washington and now Corbett’s Pennsylvania conservatives will spend millions on legal fees here just to lose. The constitution is clear about every person being equal under the law. As badly as we’re speeding towards becoming a third world country we aren’t there yet and, until we do, we still stand for one thing: we’re a nation of laws.