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posted Friday, September 6 2013 - Volume 41 Issue 36
Marriage suits go forward in three more states
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Marriage suits go forward in three more states

by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Although New Mexico is currently the epicenter of marriage equality litigation, lawsuits demanding recognition of same-sex relationships are also advancing in Pennsylvania, Ohio, and South Carolina.

PENNSYLVANIA
A Pennsylvania case pits Republican Gov. Tom Corbett's Health Department against D. Bruce Hanes, Montgomery County's register of wills, who issues marriage licenses as part of his duties as clerk of the county orphan's court.

Hanes began giving marriage licenses to Gay and Lesbian couples in late July, shortly after the U.S. Supreme Court found Section 3 of DOMA unconstitutional. The state Health Department, which is responsible for registering marriages, says the licenses are invalid.

David Cohen, an attorney representing 32 couples who received licenses from Hanes, told The Morning Call newspaper in Harrisburg that it was too early to offer an opinion on the legal status of those marriages.

'That's certainly unknown because it would depend on the scope of the [court's] decision,' Cohen said.

Commonwealth Court President Judge Dan Pellegrini, who is presiding over the case, said in a September 4 hearing that he would not rule on the overarching constitutional issue surrounding the state's prohibition of Gay marriage under Pennsylvania's 1996 Defense of Marriage Act.

'It always gets back to who decides [the law] and how decisions are made in a democracy,' Pellegrini said. 'It's a difficult case.'

In a separate Pennsylvania case, the ACLU has sued on behalf of 10 couples, two of their children, and a widow for recognition of their marriages. Pennsylvania is the only Northeastern state that allows neither same-sex marriage nor civil unions.

OHIO
In Ohio, a federal district judge ruled for a second time that the state must recognize same-sex marriages performed in states where they are legal. Both cases involved Gay couples where one of the partners has died or is expected to die.

U.S. District Court Judge Timothy Black issued a temporary restraining order on September 3 that requires the registrar of the Office of Vital Records in Cincinnati's Health Department and state officials to recognize the marriage of William Herbert Ives and David Michener.

The couple married July 22 in Delaware, but Ives died unexpectedly a month later.

The order in the latest case echoed one Black previously issued in the case of another same-sex couple who married in Maryland. John Arthur and James Obergefell married July 11. Arthur is dying of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis and their lawsuit asks that Obergefell be named as the spouse on Arthur's death certificate.

In both cases, Black ruled that the plaintiffs are likely to succeed in their lawsuit claiming that Ohio's constitutional and statutory bans on recognizing same-sex couples' marriages violate the U.S. Constitution.

SOUTH CAROLINA
In South Carolina, a Lesbian couple filed suit in federal court to overturn their state's ban on same-sex marriage.

South Carolina Highway Patrol Trooper Katherine Bradacs married Tracie Goodwin in the District of Columbia. Goodwin is a disabled Air Force veteran who is barred by state law from receiving survivor benefits from Bradacs' state pension and health insurance.

In their filing, the couple says that 'Lesbian and Gay police officers, firefighters, and other first responders are denied the peace of mind of knowing that if they make the ultimate sacrifice, their partner will be taken care of through the financial support available to help those who lost their spouses in service to the community.'

The case will be heard by U.S. District Judge Joe Anderson, who has presided in a number of high-profile civil and criminal cases.

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