ADVERTISEMENT

Court Clerk to Stop Issuing Same-Sex Marriage Licenses



A Montgomery County court clerk says he'll abide by a judge's order that he stop issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples.
 
Register of Wills Bruce Hanes says he was disappointed in the order by Commonwealth Court Judge Dan Pellegrini and is considering whether to appeal. Hanes says he thinks he's ``on the right side of history'' and hopes his actions have helped the cause of marriage equality.
 
Pellegrini says it's up to courts to decide whether laws are constitutional, not local government officials. Governor Corbett's top lawyer says the ruling resolves whether local officials have discretion to decide which laws to uphold.
 
Hanes began issuing licenses to same-sex couples in July, after the U.S. Supreme Court threw out portions of the federal Defense of Marriage Act. He has issued 174 licenses to same-sex couples, despite a 1996 state law that restricts marriage to being between one man and one woman.

Filed Under :  
Topics : Law_CrimePolitics
Social :
Locations : Montgomery County
People : Bruce HanesCorbettDan Pellegrini
A   A   A
 
The 11th Hour - Guests & Topics - July 21st-25th 2014
Monday July 21st James B. Huntington, PH.D Choosing a Lasting Career The Job-by-Job Outlook for Work's New Age Work's New Age Blog Tuesday July 22nd David Ickes Wednesday July 23rd including "Weird Al" Yankovic on his new...
Read More
Dial N Deal - Friday July 18th 2014
Peavey Electric Guitar Six-string, lead guitar, with mini-amp, guitar stand - $100 FIRM Mark, Altoona SOLD Moving Sale Saturday July 19th 9am - 4 pm 1108 Holliday Hills Drive, Hollidaysburg Nice furniture and a few other items Large...
Read More
The 11th Hour - Guests & Topics - July 14th-18th 2014
Monday July 14th Dr. Gabe Mirkin Dr. Mirkin.com Dr. Gabe Mirkin on Fitness & Health Facebook page Dr. Mirkin on Twitter Tuesday July 15th David Ickes Wednesday June 11th including Blair County Strikes Back at Autism Friday...
Read More