Governor Corbett released a statement on Wednesday that said he will not appeal a federal decision to strike down a ban on same-sex marriage and couples throughout Pennsylvania are lining up for marriage licenses. Desiree Warnken and Michele Nardozzi are one of those couples. They walked out of the York County Judicial Complex on Wednesday with their marriage license in hand. “This piece of paper isn’t going to change our day in day out functions with each other, it’s just a matter of what’s fair” said Nardozzi.
The Newberry Township couple already held a commitment ceremony 5 years ago and they said their devotion to each other remains as strong now as it was then. “We are each others support system. It’s no different than a husband and wife” said Warnken. York County Register of Wills Bradley Jacobs signed their marriage license and wished them the best, knowing full well that marriage isn’t easy. “It takes two, regardless of same sex or heterosexual, it takes two to have a good marriage” said Jacobs.
For the impending newlyweds it boils down to an issue of being equal within the eyes of the law. “If something happens to me she would have to pay inheritance tax on a house that we actually paid for together. that’s not fair. we pay taxes just like everybody else” said Nardozzi.
You can read the Governor’s full statement below:
“I have thoroughly reviewed Judge Jones’ opinion in the Whitewood case. Given the high legal threshold set forth by Judge Jones in this case, the case is extremely unlikely to succeed on appeal. Therefore, after review of the opinion and on the advice of my Commonwealth legal team, I have decided not to appeal Judge Jones’ decision.
“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.
“Throughout the debate on this important and meaningful issue, I have maintained that Commonwealth officials and agencies would follow the provisions of Pennsylvania’s marriage law unless or until a court says otherwise. The court has spoken, and I will ensure that my administration follows the provisions of Judge Jones’ order with respect for all parties.
“It is my hope that as the important issue of same-sex relationships continues to be addressed in our society, that all involved be treated with respect.”