USA, Pennsylvania: Marriage Equality Trial Begins Today

Written by scott on September 4th, 2013

Pennsylvania mapThe case of the state of Pennsylvania vs. Montgomery County begins today in Pennsylvania.

Pink News reports:

The administration of Governor Tom Corbett, and the state health department are suing D Bruce Hanes, a county clerk who has issued over a hundred marriage licences to same-sex couples, defying a state ban on equal marriage, because he said he thought it was unconstitutional. The lawsuit says that he has been violating the ban on equal marriage. The Commonwealth Court in Harrisburg will hear arguments today. The Corbett administration wants a judge to immediately order Hanes to cease issuing the marriage licences, however several mayors, unable to issue the licences themselves, have been conducting the wedding ceremonies for same-sex couples.

In related news, the state Attorney General, Kathleen Kane, who has herself refused to defend the law gave formal authority to the Governor’s lawyers to do so:

LGBTQ Nation reports:

Pennsylvania’s attorney general has granted express written authority to lawyers for Gov. Tom Corbett to handle a case in which the Health Department wants to stop a suburban Philadelphia court clerk from giving marriage licenses to same-sex couples, according to a Tuesday court filing. The exchange of letters, which occurred over Labor Day weekend, was disclosed a day ahead of arguments in the case before Commonwealth Court in Harrisburg. Gregory E. Dunlap with Corbett’s Office of General Counsel said in the first letter that the governor’s lawyers believe they have the needed authority without the permission, but a recent directive from the judges suggested that confirmation may be needed at the Wednesday court hearing.

Do you think the court will issue an injunction while the issue is litigated, or will they let the weddings continue?

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