USA, Pennsylvania: New Hope Mayor Won’t Marry Same-Sex Couples for Fear of Being Sued

Written by scott on August 25th, 2013

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New Hope Mayor Larry Keller is trying to stay out of the marriage quality debate raging in the state.

Gay Star News reports:

‘Due to these outstanding lawsuits, I must respectfully decline to officiate a marriage for these licenses issued by the Montgomery County Clerk of Orphans’ Court,’ wrote Keller in his letter to city council. While I fully respect the desire of these individuals to marry, as mayor, my first obligation is to New Hope Borough. I cannot, in good conscience, put New Hope Borough and myself at legal risk for breach of my official duties as mayor of New Hope Borough until the lawsuits are resolved.’

Yes, a lawsuit is a scary thing, and so we understand the mayor’s reluctance to get involved. But New Hope is historically a very gay friendly city, and it would’ve been great to have his active support.

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1 Comments so far ↓

  1. Sean says:

    But he does’t “fear” being sued by the LGBT couples? Which they would be well within their rights to do.


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