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Head of PA Pastors' Network warns against redefining marriage

Written by Tim Lambert and Radio Pennsylvania | Apr 1, 2013 4:07 AM
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(Undated) -- A former state lawmaker who now leads the conservative Pennsylvania Pastors' Network is warning redefining marriage will open up a door that can't be closed.

Sam Rohrer represented Berks County for nine terms in the state House and made an unsuccessful bid for the Republican nomination for governor in 2010.

But now as a president of the Pennsylvania Pastors' Network, he's hoping to see the U.S. Supreme Court keep the current legal definition of marriage in place.

Rohrer says the concept of marriage comes from God and government's responsibility is to recognize and protect that view.

"Government is not to step into and change God's view, the church, or God's design within the family as he originally designed," he says. "Government's role is to protect and defend that, not to alter and change it."

The nation's high court is considering striking down the federal Defense of Marriage Act and California's gay marriage ban -- known as Proposition Eight.

Advocates point to the potential far-reaching impacts the cases could have on the state's lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community. They include providing access to more than 1,100 benefits married couples currently enjoy.

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