Pa. judge hears arguments in landmark gay marriage case

A judge in Pennsylvania on Wednesday heard arguments over whether an elected county clerk can grant same-sex marriage licenses in defiance of state law.


This Guy Is Single-Handedly Destroying Pennsylvania's Gay-Marriage Ban

D. Bruce Hanes, the Montgomery County clerk, knows the state forbids issuing marriage licenses to gay couples. He's doing it anyway.


Gay-rights fights pick up steam in Pa.

D. Bruce Hanes, Montgomery County register of wills, has been hailed and assailed. (TOM GRALISH / Staff Photographer)

Pennsylvania received three reminders last week of how far the state has moved  toward changing its laws on gay rights and same-sex marriage - and of how strong  opposition to such change remains.


PA Official Legally Right to Issue Same-Sex Marriage Licenses

Pennsylvania Senator Daylin Leach writes op-ed in support of D. Bruce Hanes and marriage equality in Pennsylvania.

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Quietly Rocking the Boat

The official behind same-sex marriage licenses in Pennsylvania, D. Bruce Hanes, isn't the type of person you expect to see igniting a political firestorm.

D. Bruce Hanes (right), the Montgomery County register of wills, is joined by (from left) clerks Drew Albert and Lisa Wayne and second deputy registrar Helene Sepulveda in Norristown. Hanes has issued marriage licenses to more than 60 gay and lesbian couples, though they have no legal effect.


Marriage Equality Rally

HANES RALLY Monday new

The man, the myth, the mustache!

Who is D. Bruce Hanes?

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Washington Post: Pa. fights same-sex marriage licensing

State fights same-sex marriage licensing

State officials asked a court Tuesday to stop a rogue county from issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples, nearly a week after a clerk began granting them in violation of Pennsylvania law, which does not allow such marriages or civil unions.

The petition filed by the health department alleges that D. Bruce Hanes, the register of wills in Montgomery County, “repeatedly and continuously” flouted the law. As of Tuesday afternoon, Hanes’s office had granted 34 licenses and registered six same-sex marriages.

Hanes began issuing licenses to same-sex couples shortly after the U.S. Supreme Court struck down part of the federal Defense of Marriage Act. County Solicitor Ray McGarry said Tuesday that the county will continue to grant licenses to same-sex couples.


Corbett Administration files lawsuit to stop D. Bruce Hanes from issuing same-sex marriage licenses

Pa. Health Dept. sues to stop Montgomery County official from issuing same-sex marriage licenses
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Hanes will continue issueing same-sex marriage licenses. According to Ray McGarry, Montgomery County Solicitor,

"While it comes as no surprise that the Corbett Administration has filed an action seeking to enjoin marriage equality in Montgomery County, the petition filed today in Commonwealth Court by the state Department of Health has serious flaws. Montgomery County will be filing a response shortly. In the meantime, the Register of Wills office will continue to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples.”

Rousing justice from slumber

Sleepy justice often requires a wake-up call. The alert could be a gentle poke from the stick of fairness, a breathtaking splash from the cold bucket of equality or a shrill cry from the oppressed.