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Pastors Attack Pennsylvania AG For Not Defending State's Gay Marriage Ban: VIDEO


In response to Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane announcing she will not defend the state's ban on same-sex marriage on the grounds that it is unconstitutional and discriminatory, The Pennsylvania Pastor's Network held a press conference today calling upon Kane to reconsider her decision. You'll recall this is not Kane's first run-in with anti-gay clergy since she made her announcement not to defend the ban. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports on some of the remarks made at the state Capitol:

"The issue is one of defending heterosexual marriage," said Sam Rohrer, president of the pastors network. Mr. Rohrer is a former state representative and 2010 Republican gubernatorial candidate before losing in the primary to now- Gov. Tom Corbett.
Mr. Rohrer added, "We see a moral imperative for heterosexual marriage due to the revealed truth of God based on eternal law." 

"In what universe do you think destroying the family can bless our nation?" said Pastor Dale Armstrong.

Speaking yesterday to an online Christian talk-show about what he views as Kane's "dereliction of duty," Rohrer added:

"By saying that she couldn't ethically defend the law means, very clearly, in our opinion, that it is a direct attack on the integrity of the family because marriage between a man and a woman is basically the essence of what constitutes a family.”

The lawsuit to overturn the 1996 ban, brought by the ACLU, comes in the wake of the recent SCOTUS decisions effectively overturning Prop. 8 and the majority of DOMA.

Kane has said Governor Tom Corbett can defend the law if he chooses. Corbett has yet to indicate whether he will take up the mantle of the ban's defense, though some speculate he will have to defend the ban to keep his conservative base should he decide to run for reelection in 2014.

Watch a clip of Rohrer discussing Kane's refusal to defend the law (starting at about the 2:20 mark) AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. in what universe does banning gays from marrying keep families together?

    or how do gay couples marrying "destroy the family"?

    at no point in history has "homosexuality" ever broken up any families.
    anti-gay prejudice, however, breaks up millions.

    Posted by: JOHN | Jul 17, 2013 7:37:49 PM

  2. *elegant curtsy*

    I'm on to you, Troll :D

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Jul 17, 2013 7:38:16 PM

  3. Yep i live in rural PA, the wing-nuts have their panties in a bunch over this. Only chance there is if the Philly and Pittsburgh areas drag the state into the 21st century!

    Posted by: David | Jul 17, 2013 7:42:13 PM

  4. "The issue is one of defending heterosexual marriage,"

    "We see a moral imperative for heterosexual marriage due to the revealed truth of God based on eternal law."

    Hey guys, allowing same-sex couples to marry doesn't change anything about the marriages of opposite-sex couples nor does it stop opposite-sex couples from continuing to get married in the future. It's not an either/or proposition.

    These guys sound like the racists of the past who used to lament "There goes the neighborhood!!!" when any non-white families would move in. Somehow to them, allowing same-sex couples to marry means straight couples just aren't "special" enough anymore and they become devalued.

    Posted by: anon | Jul 17, 2013 7:54:17 PM

  5. Don't these bigots know it is time for them to go back and crawl under the rock they came from.

    Posted by: Jay | Jul 17, 2013 8:00:30 PM

  6. "Mr. Rohrer added, "We see a moral imperative for heterosexual marriage due to the revealed truth of God based on eternal law." "

    Well, he certainly cannot prove (1) it is an imperative (2) it is reveled truth or (3) there is an eternal law. Other than that, he's correct. :)

    Posted by: JDH1950 | Jul 17, 2013 8:10:06 PM

  7. The AG should immediately get their tax exempt status revoked

    Posted by: Steve | Jul 17, 2013 8:18:48 PM

  8. I'm not sure what they're worried about -- their reliable Republican Governor Tom Corbett will defend the law. Isn't that right Gov. Corbett?

    Gov. Corbett?

    Now where'd he go?

    Posted by: Bob R | Jul 17, 2013 8:19:18 PM

  9. They always lose me at the word "God", although "eternal law" did it this time, too.

    Pathetic. Delusional. Idiots.

    Posted by: James in Toronto | Jul 17, 2013 8:57:18 PM

  10. Massachusetts has the lowest divorce rate in the country. And 10 years of marriage equality. And the lowest rate of dishes running away with spoons.

    Posted by: just shows to go ya | Jul 17, 2013 9:13:53 PM

  11. Tax the parasites.

    Posted by: RMc | Jul 17, 2013 9:23:49 PM

  12. Seriously, I would like to ask any of the pastors questions along these lines: "We are a nation which celebrates your right to believe whatever you want, and celebrates MY right to believe whatever I want. In the governance of our country your beliefs do not have any more power than my beliefs. In this country, we are ruled by the Constitution and similar related documents. Our laws may have some correlation to some teachings in the Bible, BUT OUR COUNTRY IS NOT RULED BY THE BIBLE. So, please tell me, how does MY marriage to a man threaten the basic family unit? Does it not provide some legal protections for my children? How does my marriage to a man threaten YOUR marriage to your wife? If I were straight, would any of my law-abiding behavior threaten you or your family or you marriage? The truth is you have no answers to these questions."

    Posted by: Hawthorne | Jul 17, 2013 9:27:57 PM

  13. I forgot a sentence in my post above. Sorry. I meant also to include this: " ... If I were straight, would any of my law-abiding behavior threaten you or your family or your marriage? What does it matter if I am straight or gay? My marriage does not affect you marriage in any way. No way at all. The truth is ... "

    Posted by: Hawthorne | Jul 17, 2013 9:31:00 PM

  14. These loony tunes are just like radical Islamist. They want everyone to live under their Christian Theocracy. Take your Bible and shove it. It is not their prerogative to put the entire nation under their egregious religious rule.

    Posted by: bructer | Jul 17, 2013 10:13:43 PM

  15. Will one of the blowhards kindly explain just whose marriage and family are jeopardized by granting same-sex couples the right to marry? The truth is, no one's marriage or family is in the slightest danger of being downgraded in any way, and they're not likely to run out of licenses any time soon. So just bloody get over it and worry about feeding the poor, visiting the prisoners, caring for the outcast, the way Jesus taught us to do.

    Posted by: Onnyjay | Jul 17, 2013 10:40:51 PM

  16. It's not at all clear how all this hand-waiving helps their case at all. Who are they trying to persuade? The problem for them is that they already won the popular vote, so having this become a court case will be an arena where their emotional appeals don't offer any advantages.

    Posted by: anon | Jul 17, 2013 11:53:58 PM

  17. Jesus, of course, said not a single word about same-sex relationships.

    However, on the other hand, the "revealed truth of God" (Matthew 25:42 ff) also explicitly states that people who are indifferent to the poor, the sick, the hungry, the homeless will burn in hell until the end of time and beyond. I don't think that Jesus would be happier with the Republiscum who are not just indifferent to those in need but who actively try to make their quality of life worse -- and this takes in each and every Republiscum in Congress, with the vague exception of Eric Cantor, and most of the Republiscum officials elected at the state level.

    But for some reason the fundamentalist Christianists make no mention.

    Posted by: EdA | Jul 18, 2013 12:50:58 AM

  18. @EDA.... why on earth would you give an exception to Republicans at the state level for how they treat the poor? Have you paid any attention to what the new Republican majority is doing to the poor in the state of NC? Or, since you have also given this odd exception to Eric Cantor, are you speaking specifically about VA, the official state for Republican trans-vaginal exams for women and not expanding Medicare for the poor?

    Posted by: anon | Jul 18, 2013 6:59:27 AM

  19. Mr. Rohrer has obviously never heard of the Establishment Clause. Maybe someone should read it to him.

    Posted by: Hunter | Jul 18, 2013 7:05:30 AM

  20. Re:"the revealed truth of God based on eternal law"
    Oh yes, he must be talking about that book of lies called the Bible.
    When your "revealed truth of God" is a lie then your god is a lie.
    Oh wait, I'm not supposed to take it literally, but that would mean I can’t take your false god literally can I. I wish one of the Christians could tell me what the Bible means because it seems to mean whatever you want it to mean and their “revealed truth” is no truth at all.

    Posted by: 1♥ | Jul 18, 2013 7:31:31 AM

  21. If all of these "Do Gooders" want to preserve strait Marriage, then get the state to outlaw strait divorce and separation. Based upon available statistics, the Straits do not seem to be really interested in preserving strait marriage; at lease, not for very long periods.

    Posted by: Jerry6 | Jul 18, 2013 11:47:00 AM

  22. Anyone who has a painting of an espresso hanging behind their head is deeply disturbed. I couldn't take my eyes off of it. I'm absolutely fascinated with his props.

    Posted by: FlexSF | Jul 18, 2013 4:02:45 PM

  23. Thank you, Ms. Kane. I am not interested in living in a repressive fundamentalist theocracy. It's nice to see fairness and compassion win for once.

    Posted by: ilcorago | Jul 20, 2013 9:46:18 AM

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