Same-sex couples across Pennsylvania could begin tying the knot on Friday or Saturday under a landmark federal court decision in Harrisburg that had some people celebrating and others crying foul.Daryl Metcalfe defined the problem a few paragraphs later:
An order on Tuesday by U.S. District Judge John E. Jones III overturned the state's 1996 Defense of Marriage Act, positioning Pennsylvania to become the 19th state in which same-sex couples can marry legally. Jones declared the 1996 act a discriminatory violation of the Constitution that belongs in “the ash heap of history.”
“We now join the 12 federal district courts across the country which, when confronted with these inequities in their own states, have concluded that all couples deserve equal dignity in the realm of civil marriage,” Jones wrote in a 39-page opinion.
“We're not going to stand by silently while an activist judge tries to strike down an institution that has been preserved throughout history,” said state Rep. Daryl Metcalfe, R-Cranberry. He introduced an earlier impeachment resolution against [Attorney General Kathleen] Kane, who refused to defend the marriage law.Here's the decision if y'inz wanna read it.
And here's why Lil Ricky's probably having a bad day today: He endorsed Jones for the seat on the District court (h/t to slate). Here's Santorum's statement by way of the way back machine where he said that Jones was:
...highly qualified to assume the important role of Judge and the duty of protecting the Constitution and ensuring the effective operation of our judicial system.But Rick had more to say about Judge Jones (h/t to the Washington Blade). Take a look:
Santorum said he was excited about Jones' federal judgeship because Jones "understands our values and traditions."But did you see the date on the endorsement? March 1, 2002. That means that it was during George W. Bush's first administration. He was also confirmed unanimously by the Senate. That means that every Republican member of the United States Senate in 2002 voted for the guy.
Oh, and he was also the guy who struck down the teaching of Intelligent Design in public schools.
So I'd say, yea, Rick Santorum's have a bad day today.