This article explains how Pennsylvanian taxpayers will soon be paying at least $400/hr for Governor Tom Corbett to hire the William H. Lamb law firm to fight a federal lawsuit challenging the state’s 1996 ban on gay marriage. Additionally, Steve Esack of The Morning Call (a Lehigh Valley newsource) claims that associates from a separate law firm working on the case will earn $325/hr, and neither of these prices covers additional payments for state lawyers also working on the case.The worst part is that all of this money is going to the losing side of an argument; a poll from Franklin & Marshall College found that, by a 52 to 41 percent margin, Pennsylvanians support marriage equality.
History identifies that trying to control people, in this case preventing people from marrying who they want to marry, is a losing battle. And in this process, thousands of dollars and countless hours of time will be wasted. It would be much simpler for the state government to simply listen to its citizens and allow for gay marriage, ultimately aligning the laws with their wants and needs, rather than continue to waste their time and effort on opposing it.
Article Reference: Pennsylvania Taxpayers Will Shell Out Big Bucks To Defend Unpopular Gay Marriage Ban – Linkins, Jason – Huffingtonpost – September 6 2013 – http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/09/06/ pennsylvania-gay-marriage_n_3882153.html
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