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Looking Out: Pa. county defies state's same-sex marriage ban

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The fight for marriage equality in Pennsylvania just got mighty interesting.

Despite the Keystone State's ban on same-sex marriage, at least five same-sex couples were issued marriage licenses in a suburban Philadelphia county where local Register of Wills Bruce Hanes said he would not enforce the state's law.

Opponents of same-sex marriage are predictably unhappy, with Pennsylvania governor Tom Corbett's press secretary accruately pointing out that "individual elected officials cannot pick and choose which laws to enforce."

But I'm more interested in the response of LGBT advocacy group Equality Pennsylvania, which didn't really respond to Hanes' support in kind.

"We are unsure about the impact of his actions," the group's statement reads, later adding that it thinks "our best chance to win marriage equality in the commonwealth" is through a lawsuit recently filed by the ACLU. That might be true, and it seems clear that Hanes' move has limited (if any) legal impact. But why not attack Pennsylvania's unjust laws on both fronts?

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