HARRISBURG, Pa. -

Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett this afternoon said he would not appeal the opinion issued Tuesday by Judge John Jones III, which overturns Pennsylvania's same-sex marriage ban.

"I have thoroughly reviewed Judge Jones' opinion in the Whitewood case," Corbett said in a statement issued Wednesday afternoon. "Given the high legal threshold set forth by Judge Jones in this case, the case is extremely unlikely to succeed on appeal. Therefore...I have decided not to appeal Judge Jones' decision."

Corbett said he would ensure that his administration abides by the provision of Judge Jones' order.

Corbett added, "It is my hope that as the important issue of same-sex relationships continues to be addressed in our society, that all involved be treated with respect".