Tuesday, Dec 10, 2019
 
search SGN
SERVING SEATTLE AND THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST FOR 37 YEARS!

click to visit advertiser's website


Javascript DHTML Drop Down Menu Powered by dhtml-menu-builder.com

Last Weeks Edition
   
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website




 
 

 

 

[Valid RSS]

click to go to advertisers website
to Section One | to Arts & Entertainment
posted Friday, August,2 2013 - Volume 41 Issue 31
PA Health Department sues to stop Gay marriages
Section One
ALL STORIES
  next story
PA Health Department sues to stop Gay marriages

by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

The Pennsylvania Department of Health filed suit on July 30, seeking to prevent Montgomery County from issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples. Montgomery County registrar D. Bruce Hanes began issuing marriage licenses on July 24, and the state's first same-sex marriage took place the same day.

'It appears that same-sex couples are proceeding with the marriage ceremonies that are not permitted by Pennsylvania law, marriage certificates are being illegally filed, and the same-sex couples are left to believe erroneously that they have entered into a valid marriage,' the suit says.

The Department of Health was charged with filing the suit because it processes and records marriages for the state.

The lawsuit, filed by the Department of Health's chief counsel, asks that the court immediately force Hanes to 'comply with the [Pennsylvania] Marriage Law and to direct the Clerk to immediately cease and desist issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples.'

'Compliance with Pennsylvania law by its public officials is a mandatory obligation,' the suit states. 'Ours is a government of laws, not one of public officials exercising their will as they believe the law should be or will be.'

HANES: I WON'T STOP
Hanes, who has issued 31 marriage licenses to same-sex couples through July 29, will not stop issuing licenses, according to a statement from the Montgomery County solicitor.

'While it comes as no surprise that the [Gov. Tom] Corbett administration has filed an action seeking to enjoin marriage equality in Montgomery County, the petition filed today in Commonwealth Court by the state Department of Health has serious flaws,' Montgomery County Solicitor Ray McGarry said.

'Montgomery County will be filing a response shortly. In the meantime, the Register of Wills office will continue to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples.'

Citing equal protection clauses in Article 1 of the state constitution, Hanes said, 'Those are provisions of the Pennsylvania Constitution which I think are diametrically opposed to the marriage law.'

'Now, what am I to do?' Hanes asked. 'I took an oath [to uphold the constitution].'

KANE CRITICIZED
Hanes is not the only elected official to come out against Pennsylvania's state law defining marriage as a union between a man and a woman only. State Attorney General Kathleen Kane also stated last month that she would not defend the state against lawsuits calling into question the legality of Pennsylvania's Defense of Marriage Act.

On the same day that the Department of Health filed its suit, Pennsylvania's Office of General Counsel also sent a letter to Kane, alleging her declaration that she would not defend the state's marriage law was 'improper.'

'The Attorney General's unprecedented public adjudication of the state's alleged unconstitutionality was an improper usurpation of the role of the courts, which, at a minimum, causes confusion among those charged with administering the law,' the General Counsel's letter said.

On July 9, the ACLU of Pennsylvania filed suit on behalf of 23 Gay and Lesbian plaintiffs, and two of their teenage children, seeking to overturn Pennsylvania's Defense of Marriage Act and to have the state recognize same-sex marriages performed in other states.

Tell a friend:

Share on Facebook  Share on Facebook

Post to MySpace!Share on MySpace!

    Share on Delicious

Share on StumbleUpon!

Massive push for ENDA launched - Supporters aim to raise $2 million for all-out campaign
------------------------------
SGN exclusive interview: Anna Schlecht, Olympia's LGBT equality champion
------------------------------
Pope Francis and the 'Gay lobby' - What's really going on behind the Vatican walls?
------------------------------
OP-ED: 'Who am I to judge?' - Pope Francis's historic utterance may end Vatican's war on Gays
------------------------------
Stranger in my homeland - Realizing I was Gay in Russia felt like a terminal disease diagnosis
------------------------------
A debate of Olympic proportions - Should the LGBT community boycott the 2014 Winter Games in Russia?
------------------------------
PA Health Department sues to stop Gay marriages
------------------------------
LGBT groups challenge 'stop-and-frisk' - Coalition says NYC policy unfairly targets marginalized communities
------------------------------
The neglected 'B' in LGBT - Study suggests most Bisexuals remain closeted, feel misunderstood
------------------------------
Arrests made in Cameroon activist's murder - Officials try to pin killing of Eric Lembembe on his friends
------------------------------
Mexican state of Colima legalizes civil unions
------------------------------
Riot police intervene to protect Baltic Pride - Parade participants pelted with eggs by anti-Gay protesters
------------------------------
GSBA CEO named 2013 Inspiring Woman
------------------------------
MARRIAGE EQUALITY AFTER DOMA - Free community meeting features experts on LGBT-related law
------------------------------
NLGJA announces 2013 Excellence in Journalism Awards
------------------------------

------------------------------
BREAKING NEWS
------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

click to visit advertiser's website

click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
Seattle Gay Blog post your own information on
the Seattle Gay Blog
 

gay news feeds gay news readers gay rss gay
http://sgn.org/rss.xml | what is RSS? | Add to Google use Google to set up your RSS feed
SGN Calendar For Mobile Phones http://sgn.org/rssCalendarMobile.xml
SGN Calendar http://sgn.org/rssCalendar.xml

Seattle Gay News - SGN
1605 12 Ave., Ste. 31
Seattle, WA 98122

Phone 206-324-4297
Fax 206-322-7188

email: sgn2@sgn.org
website suggestions: web@sgn.org

copyright Seattle Gay News - DigitalTeamWorks 2012

USA Gay News American News American Gay News USA American Gay News United States American Lesbian News USA American Lesbian News United States USA News
Pacific Northwest News in Seattle News in Washington State News