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bruce-hanesPennsylvania adopted the Defense of Marriage Act in 1996, which mandates that a legal marriage can only take place between a man and a woman. The state is the only one in the northeastern part of the country that does not allow gay marriage. However, believing that the law was unconstitutional, D. Bruce Hanes, employed as a Montgomery County register of wills, recently issued 154 marriage licenses to gay couples.

According to a recent report in the Washington Times, Pennsylvania judge Dan Pellegrini ordered Hanes to stop issuing licenses to same-sex couples claiming that the clerk was not complying with his duty to uphold the law. Hanes said that while he planned on obeying the recent ruling set forth by the Commonwealth Court, he was disappointed by the judge’s decision. Hanes began issuing the licenses in July after the U.S. Supreme Court deemed the federal Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutional. Despite Pennsylvania’s individual ruling, Hanes felt he was complying with federal law. It is unknown at this time if the state court will consider the licenses legitimate.

James D. Schultz, serving as General Counsel initiated the court action that stopped Mr. Hanes from issuing licenses. Schultz shared that while the state respects the dignity and opinions of all the people involved in the case, government employees must adhere to state laws. While the judge’s decision does not call the constitutionality of the state’s current law into question, many lawsuits are in progress. Represented by the American Civil Liberties Union, 10 gay couples residing in Pennsylvania plan to file lawsuits against the state.

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