04 September 2013

Court hearing today on same-sex marriage in PA

A Pennsylvania state court hearing is scheduled for today in a suit filed by Gov. Tom Corbett's admimnistration against Montgomery County Register of Wills D. Bruce Hanes. Earlier this summer, Hanes had started issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples in defiance of a state law that defines marriage as a legal union between one man and one woman. The lawsuit to be heard today is the state's attempt to stop him.

According to CBS Philly, the state wants the issue decided strictly on the question of whether or not a local official can get away with disregarding a state law that he disagrees with.

Others are hoping that this will be an opportunity for the court to address the constitutionality (or lack thereof) of the discriminatory marriage law.

Questions of legal standing and jurisdiction will also be argued.

Stay tuned. But don't expect a final resolution any time soon, as an appeal is likely in any case.

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