THE governor of Pennsylvania has put a stop to his fight to keep the ban on same-sex marriage in the US state, despite his personal opposition.
Corbett (pictured above), a Republican and practicing Roman Catholic, highlighted that despite his personal beliefs, the decision to halt his court appeal to keep his state’s ban on same-sex marriage was a political one.
“The case is extremely unlikely to succeed on appeal,” Corbett said in a statement yesterday.
“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.
“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.”
The governor’s decision means that same-sex marriage will remain legal in Pennsylvania, without the threat that a higher court will reinstate the ban.
Pennsylvania is now the 19th US state to recognise same-sex marriages and the last in the northeastern region to do so.
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