Today, Montgomery County Register of Wills D. Bruce Hanes filed an appeal against the Commonwealth Court’s Sept. 12 ruling that banned him from issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples. The argument asks the State Supreme Court to deem Pennsylvania’s gay marriage ban “patently unconstitutional.” Philly.com reports:
The Daily News has a juicy, juicy scoop:
According to the source, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, [Montgomery County Republican Party] Chairman Robert J. Kerns, partner in the Lansdale law firm Kerns, Pearlstine, Onorato & Hladik, LLP, allegedly got drunk the night after a major GOP power-broker dinner last month and sexually assaulted a female with whom he worked. Rumors are also circulating that a grand jury is being convened and Kerns’ law partner was subpoenaed.
The night before, Tom Corbett was in town for the party’s annual fall dinner in West Norriton. The DN says several anonymous sources corroborated the rumors, but Kerns himself could not be reached, and several state party leaders would not comment.
The perpetually troublesome Fetters Mill Bridge, which is more than a century old, has been shut down by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation.
Red light cameras: not just for the city anymore. We all have Abington Township , the first municipality outside of Philly to install the cameras, in Montco to thank for that. The township could see up to three cameras go up before the year’s close.
PennDOT approval is still pending, but the township has already signed a deal with a Massachusetts-based company to install the lights at several high-traffic points around town:
If PennDOT gives the final green light to the project, cameras could be functioning by year’s end at Old York Road and Susquehanna Road, Old York Road and Old Welsh Road, and Moreland Road and Fitzwatertown Road.
Philly is the only municipality in Pennsylvania with red light cameras currently, but nationally, more than 500 communities across 24 states utilize the technology. The possibility for cameras in the ‘burbs only opened up last year, when legislation passed to allow their installation. [CBS]
Homosexuals, like 12-year-olds, cannot marry, which makes the licenses issued to them in Montgomery county invalid—or so goes the word from the Tom Corbett Gang. Judge Dante Pellegrini even backed him up, ruling last week that the Montco register of wills must stop issuing licenses. And therein, for attorney Dan Clifford, lies the rub:
A Norristown attorney says yesterday’s decision by a Pennsylvania Commonwealth judge may have stopped any more licenses from being issued to same-sex couples in Montgomery County, but those that have been issued cannot be taken back.
That’s right: married gay people are still legally married, even if some people say they aren’t. Na-na na-na boo-boo.
Couples who made license applications but didn’t yet receive licenses, unfortunately, are still out in the cold, but Clifford’s look at Pellegrini’s ruling could help them in the long-run, too. Gotta love those legal loopholes.
Soon, hopefully, we won’t need them, though: A federal panel will begin reviewing Whitewood v. Corbett suit next month, a direct challenge to Pennsylvania’s Defense of Marriage Act. [CBS]
According to a new Franklin and Marshall College poll, Pennsylvanians support gay marriage, but not in the way it’s been handled by the rogue matrimony-makers out in Montgomery County. Terry Maddona breaks it down for CBS:
“Seventy-six percent find that practice unacceptable, even though 54 percent of Pennsylvanians support gay marriage,” Madonna said. “So the issue here is not support of gay marriage, but the way in which some officials in this state believe it ought to be accomplished.”
This news, of course, comes less than a week before a state judge will see the gay marriage issue argued in court. Regarding that case, Tom Corbett’s attorneys say that gay couples licensed by the state cannot be married, just like “12-year-olds.” Should the judge rule in favor of Gov. Corbett, the licenses already handed out will be invalid. [CBS]
Montgomery County’s sandwich wars are taking a brief intermission today, with the beloved Hymie’s Deli out of commission after a serious accident. At around 5:50 this morning, the driver of a red pickup slammed their vehicle into the sandwich shop, destroying the storefront and sending furniture flying. No customers were inside Hymie’s at the time of the accident, and only the driver was transported to a hospital for treatment.
Hymie’s, of course, will rebuild. The shop’s Bala Cynwyd sworn arch-nemesis, Murray’s, however, remains open for business. Curious.
Look, we all know us Philly-area people love a good sandwich. We defend our choices to the death, signing over our allegiances and burning culinary bridges over better toppings, more meat, fluffier bread—any detail contentious enough to acknowledge, we fight over. And, sometimes, it goes too far.
But, Murray’s fans, I warn you: if it was one of you who struck down Hymie’s now, they will become more powerful than ever. [CBS]
You may have heard that Montgomery County has been thumbing its nose at the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, issuing same-sex marriage licenses in defiance of state law. (Invaluable explainer here.) You may also have heard that Tom Corbett and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania wasn’t too happy with that, and sued the county, demanding that they stop issuing said licenses. All this drama will come to a head on September 4th in Harrisburg, where Commonwealth Court will hear arguments. Stay tuned for the inevitable decision-followed by appeal-followed by state Supreme Court decision. [AP]
Since July 24, Montgomery County has issued more than 35 marriage licenses to gay couples, in open defiance of a state law that forbids same-sex marriage. Several of those new couples have already held ceremonies, and seem to consider themselves lawfully wedded. Yesterday, the state sued Montco Register of Wills D. Bruce Hanes, the guy giving out the licenses, demanding that he stop. Until the courts rule on the matter, here are a few nagging questions:
Let’s start with: Um, are these people actually legally married?
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