Equality Pennsylvania is Leery of Montgomery County Marriage News
Equality Pennsylvania urges caution in reacting too optimistically to today’s news that Montgomery County’s Register of Wills D. Bruce Hanes began issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples:
We are always happy when an elected official like the Register of Wills voices support for the freedom to marry for all loving couples. His support shows just how rapid public support is building for marriage equality.
Although we welcome Register Hanes’ support for the freedom to marry, we are unsure about the impact of his actions.
While we certainly want to see every loving couple allowed to share in the freedom to marry, we have always interpreted our laws to prohibit marriage for same-sex couples. It’s possible – and would be heartbreaking – if these marriages were annulled.
At Equality Pennsylvania, we believe that our best chance to win marriage equality in the commonwealth is through the recently filed lawsuit. Our partners at the ACLU of Pennsylvania have prepared a strong challenge to our state’s ban on marriage.
UPDATED [7/25/2013, 9:21 a.m.]: Governor Corbett’s office responds to gay-marriage news in Montgomery County. Read the response here.
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.