August 30, 2013 |
The Corbett administration said its lawsuit seeking to halt same-sex marriage licenses in Montgomery County "would have no direct effect" on the couples who have already received them. In a brief Wednesday, state attorneys said those marriage licenses were never valid, and compared gay and lesbian couples to "12-year-olds" who are also barred from marrying under state law. The state Department of Health and Montgomery County Register of Wills D. Bruce Hanes will appear in Commonwealth Court next Wednesday to argue the case.
September 14, 2013 |
Commonwealth Court on Thursday ordered Montgomery County Register of Wills D. Bruce Hanes to "cease and desist from issuing marriage licenses" to gay and lesbian couples. President Judge Dan Pellegrini avoided the major controversial issues - the constitutionality of the state's same-sex marriage ban, the status of couples who have already married, and the state attorney general's refusal to defend the ban - and ruled narrowly that Hanes lacked the authority to ignore state law and must immediately stop.
May 29, 2014 |
A week after same-sex marriage became legal in Pennsylvania, Montgomery County was still waiting for permission from the state Supreme Court to issue marriage licenses. Now the wait is over. D. Bruce Hanes, the register of wills and clerk of Orphans Court, said he would begin granting licenses to gay and lesbian couples Wednesday morning. His office, at 450 Swede St. in Norristown, opens at 8:30 a.m. Last summer, Hanes issued marriage licenses to 174 same-sex couples before the practice was legal.
July 26, 2013 |
Four women, surrounded by a gaggle of reporters and photographers, elected officials, and government workers, smiled and hugged, patting one another on the back. "You're getting married too? Congratulations!" Ellen Toplin had exclaimed. Toplin and her partner, Charlene Kurland of Upper Dublin, had just obtained a marriage license from the Montgomery County register of wills. The other couple, Tamara Davis and Nicola Cucinotta of Paoli, were next in line. Same-sex marriage is illegal in Pennsylvania, but Register of Wills D. Bruce Hanes announced Tuesday that he believed the law was unconstitutional and would not enforce it. So, on Wednesday afternoon, two couples who had never met before found themselves in Norristown, sharing a moment of warmth and joy, united by a common struggle.
October 21, 2013 |
COLLINGSWOOD Sherry Kilpatrick brought champagne and snapped photos of her longtime friends, Steven Burch and Stephen Drayton, who were the first same-sex couple to apply Saturday for a marriage license at the Collingswood Community Center. Burch, 53, and Drayton, 57, have been together 14 years and plan to marry in a ceremony with other same- sex couples at the Unitarian Universalist Church in Cherry Hill on Saturday. One day after the New Jersey Supreme Court refused Friday to block a lower-court ruling allowing same-sex marriages, 15 couples applied for licenses between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. in Collingswood.
July 13, 2003 |
Their white stretch limousine, punctuated by a "Just Married" sign, led the way. Newly anointed as the Scheuerman-Stallones, Brent and Steve waved at onlookers piled onto the sidewalks from their perch above the limo's sunroof. Each tilted a glass of champagne against a bright Toronto sky and savored the moment: The Scheuerman-Stallones, riding at the front of a gay pride parade last month, were the embodiment of the successful move to legalize same-sex marriage here. "He's finally made an honest man out of me," Steve shouted to the crowd.
August 22, 2013 |
About 30 gay and lesbian couples whose marriage licenses may be in jeopardy want to plead their case in a Commonwealth Court hearing over the legality of such licenses issued in Montgomery County. In a petition for leave to intervene, the 32 couples argue that although they agree with the county's legal strategy, they need to personally "defend their marriages and the validity of their marriage licenses from the commonwealth's ongoing discrimination against same-sex couples. " The state Department of Health filed a lawsuit in July asking the court to bar issuance any further licenses.
August 14, 2013 |
The state repeated its request Monday that a court bar Montgomery County from issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples, again arguing that the county is acting illegally. The filing by the Health Department was the latest legal volley between the Corbett administration and county Register of Wills D. Bruce Hanes, who is defying the state's 1996 Marriage Law. The state is suing Hanes as clerk of Orphans' Court, which issues marriage licenses. "By his own acknowledgment, the clerk is repeatedly, continuously, and notoriously acting in clear derogation of the Marriage Law," the filing said, referring to the statute that defines marriage as "a civil contract by which one man and one woman take each other for husband and wife.
August 31, 2013 |
HARRISBURG - Gov. Corbett on Thursday said his attorneys used "an inappropriate analogy" in the latest legal brief in a high-profile same-sex marriage case. Corbett was referring to a brief his office's attorneys filed Wednesday in a lawsuit seeking to halt Montgomery County Register of Wills D. Bruce Hanes from issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples. In those legal papers, the attorneys argue that "had the clerk issued marriage licenses to 12-year-olds in violation of state law, would anyone seriously contend that each 12-year-old . . . is entitled to a hearing on the validity of his 'license'?"
August 1, 2013 |
THE STATE has filed a lawsuit against a Montgomery County official for issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples. Last week, Bruce Hanes, the register of wills, began granting licenses at the county courthouse. The lawsuit, filed yesterday morning by the state Department of Health's chief counsel, asks that the Commonwealth 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.