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Delma and Peg Welch, who have been together for more than two decades, join gay rights supporters at a rally on the Pennsylvania State Capital steps after a ruling struck down a ban on same-sex marriage in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, May 20, 2014. Pennsylvania's ban on same-sex marriage was struck down by a federal judge on Tuesday in the latest court decision in the United States confirming gay couples' rights to wed.    REUTERS/Mark Makela (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS SOCIETY TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY) - RTR3Q321
A federal district judge's decision striking down Pennsylvania's same-sex marriage ban will stand, as Republican Gov. Tom Corbett is not appealing:
Corbett's decision goes against his political beliefs. He opposes same-sex marriage and supported thus-far unsuccessful efforts to amend the state constitution to ban gay marriage.

But he says an appeal would be "extremely unlikely to succeed."

That's true, and also this:
You could call the moment a GOP governor in a tight reelection race decided not to fight a marriage equality ruling the moment of victory.
@jesseberney
Whatever reason played most strongly in Corbett's decision, this is a moment of celebration as well as victory, as couples across Pennsylvania won't have to wait or wonder if their state will recognize their marriages.

Originally posted to Laura Clawson on Wed May 21, 2014 at 12:21 PM PDT.

Also republished by Pittsburgh Area Kossacks, Philly Kos, DKos Pennsylvania, and Daily Kos.

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