Pennsylvania Awaits Ruling on Same-Sex Marriage Licenses

Montgomery County official issued marriage licenses to same-sex couples despite state law.
1:48 | 09/04/13

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The arguments here at commonwealth court in Harrisburg. Should the Montgomery county register of wills be allowed to continue to issue marriage licenses to same sex couples. Or should the Corbett administration be able to -- -- court order to shut it all down. Outside of brief spirited debate about religious views between reverend bill Devlin of Huntington valley. Does the book says in the old testament and test its merits it's been lighting and -- -- -- -- woman and reverend Stephanie Carter -- more. Who is now married to -- same sex partner. What I was trying to point out too little is that. The greatest commandment is to love thy neighbor as thyself. Inside court lawyers focused on narrower issues is -- Bruce -- -- Montgomery county register of wills on solid legal ground. In issuing licenses to same sex couples he ignores the State's one man one woman marriage law which no court has declared unconstitutional. A recipe for chaos says the state. This is a question whether. A local official -- local official anywhere in Pennsylvania can simply take action based on their own personal opinion regardless of the top. The county responds -- Corbett administration has no authority to stop things. But the judge wondered out loud how would government work if officials ignored zoning laws are laws about polygamy or sheriff issued a gun permit to a -- Believing otherwise his Second Amendment Rights would be violated. The county's response the I don't believe that -- sheriff has the right to determine the legality of the issuance of gun permits whereas the register of wills of the -- the orphans court does have the right. To determine the legality the marriage before issuing a license the judge today said he would rule as soon as he can when he does his decision will be up on the commonwealth court's web site. -- -- -- -- In Harrisburg John Rawlins channel six action news.

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