Only Pa. High Court Can Stop Gay Marriage Licenses: Clerk

Law360, Philadelphia (August 20, 2013, 4:52 PM EDT) -- A court clerk in suburban Philadelphia said that only the Pennsylvania Supreme Court had the authority to stop him from unilaterally issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples, responding Monday to a lawsuit filed by the state's Department of Health.

D. Bruce Hanes, the register of wills and clerk of Orphans’ Court in Montgomery County who drew widespread attention in July after he began issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples, said that the state’s Commonwealth Court did not have jurisdiction to hear a mandamus action brought by...
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