Gov. Corbett’s Office Responds to Montgomery Co. Marriage News

A rep from the governor’s office says, “Individual elected officials cannot pick and choose which laws to enforce.”

The first gay couple to wed in Pennsylvania, Loreen M. Bloodgood and Alicia A. Terrizzi, pose with their marriage license.

NBC10 reports that press secretary for Governor Tom Corbett, Nils Hagen-Frederiksen, responded to the five marriage licenses that were issued to same-sex couples yesterday in Montgomery County: 

Individual elected officials cannot pick and choose which laws to enforce. … All officials are constitutionally required to administer and enforce the laws that are enacted by the Legislature. Only the courts have the power to declare a law to be unconstitutional and to suspend its effects.

Check out the full article here, and watch the news package below, which features Loreen M. Bloodgood and Alicia A. Terrizzi, presumably the first gay couple to marry in the state of Pennsylvania, and an interview with Family Attorney David Clifford, who agrees that the outlook is murky, but says, “It’s a huge step toward making [gay marriage] legal in Pennsylvania.

UPDATED [7/26/2013, 5:20 p.m.]: Bigot Daryl Metcalfe wants to impeach Kathleen Kane and the man who’s issuing same-sex marriage licenses in Montgomery County. Read more here.

UPDATED [7/29/2013, 11:26 a.m.]: Two Pennsylvania couples marry over the weekend. Read more here.

UPDATED [7/21/2013, 8:23 a.m.]: Governor Corbett’s administration spearheads effort to stop gay marriages in Montgomery County. More here.

UPDATED [8/2/2013, 12:22 p.m.]: Montgomery county officials ask judge to toss out lawsuit that would stop marriage in their district. More here.

 

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