Pennsylvania Pastors Network Says Decision Undermines States’ Constitutional Rights and Goes Against God’s Law for Marriage

PHILADELPHIA—A Federal judge this afternoon struck down Pennsylvania’s Defense of Marriage Act—deciding that same-sex marriage will no longer be banned in the state.

Judge John Jones III ruled to strike down the Act in the case of Whitewood v. Wolf, which was filed last summer in U.S. District Court in the Middle District of Pennsylvania.

“In a continuing trend of federal judicial activism, the court has arrogantly assumed the right to supersede the constitutional right of the states,” said Sam Rohrer, President of the Pennsylvania Pastors Network (PPN, and the American Pastors Network (APN,  “This should scare anyone who loves freedom because by its action, the federal court has overruling the constitutional right of the states to determine this issue or any other issues for themselves.

“While this case specifically concerned marriage, one thing is for sure: God hasn’t changed His definition of marriage, and the court has no more right to change His definition than it has to overturn the legitimate right of the states to do what Pennsylvania did in passing a law upholding marriage between one man and one woman. Today’s decision ought to scare anyone who enjoys freedom, because now we have a system in which the federal court has clearly says it doesn’t care what the law is; it’s going to do its own thing. There is a word for this type of system: tyranny.”

The decision was left to the judge after Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett and his administration and the 21 same-sex couples bringing the suit agreed not to go to trial. The lawsuit alleged that the Defense of Marriage Act and the subsequent refusal to marry lesbian and gay couples or recognize their out-of-state marriages violates the fundamental right to marry as well as the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment.

For more information on Pennsylvania Pastors Network, visit or call 610.584.1225.

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 American Pastors Network is the largest, national network of pastors who believe in the authority of scripture, who boldly preach the whole counsel of God with a disciplined application of a biblical worldview to public policy and who are building a permanent infrastructure of biblically faithful pastors and lay leaders and mobilizing congregations to participate in the political process. For more information on APN, visit

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(c)(3) non-profit Christian Public Community Foundation registered nationwide).

The American Pastors Network is a Ministry Program Affiliate of Capstone Legacy Foundation (a 501(c)(3) non-profit Christian Public Community Foundation registered nationwide).


To interview a representative from the American Pastors Network, contact Deborah Hamilton at dhamilton@hamiltonstrategies.com215-815-7716 or 610-584-1096.

2 replies
  1. Tedd Kunkel
    Tedd Kunkel says:

    I don’t understand why Corbett would even follow the ruling since the ruling has no basis in law? We the citizens of PA amend our constitution. If I were Obama, I would have my politically active courts declare entire state constitutions illegal and replace them with a federal temporary constitution that was ‘fair’ and agenda driven. Why not? It is obvious our laws have NO authority.


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