Pa. Governor Corbett Properly Moves to Halt Public Official from Violating Pa. Marriage Law

PHILADELPHIA – Pennsylvania Pastors’ Network (PPN, is encouraged that the Corbett administration has taken action in Commonwealth Court to halt the official breaking of Pennsylvania state law, that recognizes marriage law between one man and one woman, by the Montgomery County register of wills who was issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

Since mid-July, when Attorney General Kathleen Kane called the state’s law banning homosexual marriage unconstitutional, Register of Wills D. Bruce Hanes has illegally issued 34 licenses to homosexual couples.

Sam Rohrer, President of the Pennsylvania Pastors’ Network says, “I am encouraged by Governor Corbett’s decision to use his authority to stop the intentional breaking of law by a local elected official. As I and others stated in our July 17 press conference at the Pennsylvania State Capitol, Attorney General Kane’s public refusal to uphold her oath of office and defend the State’s Marriage Law would encourage greater lawlessness. The actions of Register of Wills, Hanes is but the first example. Governor Corbett is justified to use his authority to seek the compliance with the law as the Constitution demands and he is appropriately and lawfully also defending natural marriage between one man and one woman.

“Pennsylvania’s DOMA clearly states that marriage in Pennsylvania is the union of one man and one woman. When two elected officials (Kane and Hanes) or any other, think that they can act above the law, demonstrate political tyranny and encourage lawlessness, it is critical that the citizens know that they will be held accountable to the law by others in elected office who share the responsibility to ensure that law is upheld by all in public office. We are encouraging all elected officials to heed the example, in this instance that Governor Corbett has displayed. The Pennsylvania Pastors’ Network urges pastors to earnestly preach the Absolute Truth of God’s Word and to teach that civil freedom can only survive when people self-govern their own actions according to the Commands of God.”

The Pennsylvania Pastors’ Network is a group of biblically faithful clergy and church liaisons whose objective is to build a permanent infrastructure of like-minded clergy who affirm the authority of Scripture, take seriously Jesus’ command to be the “salt and light” to the culture, encourage informed Christian thinking about contemporary social issues; examine public policy issues without politicizing their pulpits and engage their congregations in taking part in our political process on a non-partisan basis.

The Pennsylvania Pastors’ Network website continues to offer a wealth of resources to pastors to help them equip their congregations to live a Christian life, from sermon notes to corporate prayers for our nation, to resources for laypeople, covering everything from preparation to finances.

The Pennsylvania Pastors’ Network is a state chapter affiliate of the American Pastors’ Network. The American Pastors’ Network is a Ministry Program Affiliate of Capstone Legacy Foundation (a 501 C3 non-profit organization). To contact them visit. or call 610-584.1225.


To schedule interviews with Sam Rohrer, President of the PA Pastors’ Network, contact Deborah Hamilton at, 215-815-7716 or 610-584-1096.

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