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.


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