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Well, that was quick: Gov. Corbett announced today he would not appeal a District Judge’s decision that Pennsylvania’s now-former Defense of Marriage law is unconstitutional. Marriage equality is here to stay.

“We applaud the governor for letting the constitutional principles of freedom and equality ring throughout Pennsylvania by allowing loving same-sex couples to marry.  As the judge noted, we are a better people than the marriage ban and the Governor’s historic decision not to appeal will be an enduring legacy.” — Witold Walczak, legal director of the ACLU of Pennsylvania and Mark Aronchick of Hangley Aronchick Segal Pudlin & Schiller, said in a statement.

The governor, who is up for re-election and held a rally today with Texas Gov. Rick Perry, made his decision despite the PA GOP noting an “activist judiciary has substituted its judgment in place of the law created by the elected representatives of Pennsylvania and has stifled the ongoing debate of people with differing points of view.”

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Randy LoBasso is the winner of the Pennsylvania Newsmedia Association's 2014 Distinguished Writing Award for his news and politics coverage at Philadelphia Weekly. He has also contributed to Alt Ledes, Salon, The Guardian and PennLive.