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.
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D. Bruce Hanes, the Montgomery County clerk, knows the state forbids issuing marriage licenses to gay couples. He's doing it anyway.
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Pennsylvania Senator Daylin Leach writes op-ed in support of D. Bruce Hanes and marriage equality in Pennsylvania.
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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.
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.”