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Pennsylvania auditor general to Corbett: Don't appeal same-sex marriage ruling

Published On: Jul 08 2014 03:02:10 PM CDT
Updated On: Jul 10 2014 01:03:57 PM CDT
HARRISBURG, Pa. -

Pennsylvania Auditor General Eugene DePasquale on Wednesday said it would be fiscally irresponsible for Gov. Tom Corbett to appeal Tuesday’s landmark court ruling that permits same-sex marriages in Pennsylvania.

“With outside legal counsel charging state taxpayers $300-400 per hour, for what would likely be hundreds of hours of work, an appeal of yesterday’s court ruling could quickly reach into the hundreds of thousands of dollars,” DePasquale said in a news release. “That is money the state cannot afford right now, especially with the estimated budget shortfall approaching $1 billion that legislators will need to fill in the next six weeks.”

On Tuesday, U.S. District Judge John E. Jones III ruled unconstitutional the state’s 1996 ban on same-sex marriages.

According to state Treasury records released Wednesday, since June 2013, the Corbett Administration has spent at least $588,000 tax dollars for outside legal counsel in an attempt to maintain a ban same-sex marriage in Pennsylvania.

Corbett has yet to say if he would appeal Tuesday's ruling.