HARRISBURG — Pennsylvania House State Government Committee Majority Chairman, Representative Daryl Metcalfe (R-Butler), will soon introduce a House resolution officially calling on the Corbett administration to defend Pennsylvania’s state sovereignty by appealing the Whitewood v. Wolf court decision that invalidated Pennsylvania’s Defense of Marriage Act.
“This federal court’s blatant and tyrannical usurpation of power is a direct assault on the sovereignty of every current and future law adopted by this Commonwealth,” said Metcalfe. “The governor’s announcement that he does not intend to appeal this judicial activist decision establishes a harmful precedent against the sovereign powers reserved to the states, or we the people, by America’s founders through the 10th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.”
However, according to Metcalfe, who is also the prime sponsor of a proposed Constitutional amendment (House Bill 1349) that would leave the decision to define marriage completely up to Pennsylvania voters, time is of the essence for the state House to adopt House Resolution 891. There are now fewer than 30 days from the May 20 federal court decision for the governor to reverse his decision and file a notice of appeal.
An excerpt from the resolution reads: “Therefore be it resolved, that the House of Representatives urge the executive branch participants in the Whitewood case to appeal the decision in order to preserve the right of the citizens of this Commonwealth to exercise their constitutional and historical prerogative to define marriage.”
“Ultimately, any changes to Pennsylvania’s definition of marriage should come as a result of the legislative process (continue reading)