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.