Pa Judge orders an end to same sex marriage

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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  issued an order on Thursday 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.

Commonwealth General Counsel James Schultz issued the following statement:

“The key question in this case has been whether any local official, anywhere in Pennsylvania, has the ability to decide which laws to uphold and which laws to reject based on their own personal legal opinion.We appreciate the court’s consideration of the legal and social complexities of this issue, along with the future ramifications – not just in this individual case, but in all types of decision made by public officials.We respect the interests and dignity of all the parties involved in this case, but we are a government of laws and it is important that all office holders across the state enforce those laws uniformly”

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  • uhavnoclu

    Marriage is not about LOVE anymore.It has become a business where you have to abide by laws…Free country huh?.HA HA HA .GOD IS NOT A CHRISTIAN…JESUS WHO CHRISTIANITY IS FORMED AFTER WOULD NOT BE ACCEPTED INTO THE RELIGION.THE BIBLE IS ABOUT YOUR SPIRIT,GOD IS SPIRIT LIVE BY YOUR SPIRIT YOUR LIGHT YOUR LOVE.NOT YOUR MATERIALISTIC SOUL..REST YOUR SOUL IN PEACE AND GO TO THE LIGHT OF YOUR SPIRIT IF YOU WANT HAPPINESS IN THIS WORLD AND NEVER LEAN OR DEPEND ON OTHERS TO TELL YOU HOW TRO LIVE.
    JESUS WAS TELLING YOU TO GO AGAINST SOCIETIES WAYS..JESUS WAS A BUILDER A STONEMASON WHO GREW UP POOR WHO WAS THE GREATEST HOMELESS PERSON THERE WAS WHO NEVER WENT BY THE LAWS AND WAYS OF SOCIETY.

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