Pa. Says Court Clerk Can’t Challenge Gay Marriage Ban

Law360, Philadelphia (January 17, 2014, 2:58 PM EST) -- Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett’s legal team told the state Supreme Court on Thursday that the constitutionality of a state law banning gay marriage was not at issue in an appeal over a county official’s unilateral decision to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

The governor’s Office of General Counsel told the justices that a mandamus action seeking to stop D. Bruce Hanes, the register of wills and clerk of orphans’ court in Montgomery County, from issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples in open defiance of Pennsylvania’s...
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