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Pa. judge orders end to same-sex marriage licenses

Published: Thu, September 12, 2013 @ 2:40 p.m.

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania judge is stopping a suburban Philadelphia court clerk from issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples, saying it was a clear violation of his legal authority.

Commonwealth Court Judge Dan Pellegrini today issued an order that said Montgomery County Register of Wills Bruce Hanes didn’t have the power to decide on his own whether the same-sex marriage ban violates the state constitution.

Hanes issued four more licenses to same-sex couples on Wednesday, bringing the total number to 174.

The state Health Department took him to court after he began issuing them in July. That was after the U.S. Supreme Court threw out portions of the federal Defense of Marriage Act and state Attorney General Kathleen Kane called the Pennsylvania ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional.


1bumbob(146 comments)posted 2 years, 10 months ago

Pennsylvania is on the way to legalization of gay marriage. Good. Hopefully the world is that way soon enough.

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2rickking123(331 comments)posted 2 years, 10 months ago

Elected officials take an oath to uphold the law, not to decide what laws they like and choose to uphold. PA's Attorney General should be removed from office for failure to perform the duties of her office.

Same with President Obama. He has no legal authority to delay the implementation of Obamacare and the employer mandate.

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