Corbett says same-sex decision was well thought out

Written by Ben Allen and Radio Pennsylvania | Jun 2, 2014 4:00 AM

(Harrisburg) -- Governor Corbett says he didn't appeal the federal district court's decision overturning a ban on same-sex marriage in Pennsylvania for a number of reasons, but not because his personal beliefs have changed.

He says his personal belief's remain the same, in line with his Roman Catholic faith.

Speaking to Radio Pennsylvania's Ask the Governor program, the Republican says he simply followed logic in making his decision.

"You can't predict what a court is going to do to certainty, but you can pretty well have a good idea. And with the heightened standard of review that Judge Jones put on the case, I didn't think there was any real possibility we could win."

Corbett says lawyers in his General Counsel office recommended he back down as well.

He also says the cost also was a factor: the state had already spent about $600,000 on outside lawyers, according to the state Treasurer's Office.

Governor Corbett, a former Pennsylvania Attorney General, calls the decision well thought-out, and says it's somewhat, though, not completely, persuasive.

Since the governor's decision last week, same-sex couples have been married across the state.

As a part of the ruling, married same-sex couples are able to file joint tax returns, can claim an exemption from inheritance tax, and also can re-file tax returns from the previous three years for refunds.

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