Looking Out: Pa. judge orders clerk to stop issuing same-sex marriage licenses

A Pennsylvania judge ordered Thursday a suburban Philadelphia official to cease granting marriage licenses to same-sex couples in violation of state law.

Montgomery County Register of Wills Bruce Hanes started issuing same-sex marriage licenses nearly two months ago after announcing his belief that Pennsylvania's ban on same-sex marriage was unconstitutional.


While Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court Judge Dan Pellegrini doesn't address the constitutionality of the state's marriage law, his decision acknowledges a federal lawsuit filed in July that challenges it.

Instead, Pelligrini limits his scope to say that Hanes doesn't have the ability to declare a state law unconstitutional:


It's unclear whether this is a setback to Pennsylvania's marriage equality cause or not. By sticking to the administrative question at hand, Pellegrini has left the question of Pennsylvania's marriage law for another day. Which means for most same-sex couples in the Keystone State, it's business as usual:

Left hanging in the balance are the 174 couples who have reportedly received marriage licenses from Hanes but whose marriages were never recognized by the state.

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