Pa. Court Clerk Urges Justices To Ax Gay Marriage Ban

Law360, Philadelphia (December 2, 2013, 5:26 PM EST) -- A suburban Philadelphia court clerk told the Pennsylvania Supreme Court on Monday that a September decision ordering him to stop issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples in defiance of state law would require him to violate his oath of office to uphold the U.S. Constitution.

D. Bruce Hanes, the register and wills and clerk of orphans’ court in Montgomery County, said the justices needed to address the fundamental constitutionality of the state’s version of the Defense of Marriage Act — which has defined marriage as between...
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