- Feb 16, 2008
- Reaction score
- Western NY and Geneva, CH
- Political Leaning
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania judge on Thursday ordered a suburban Philadelphia clerk to stop issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples.
Commonwealth Court Judge Dan Pellegrini said Montgomery County Register of Wills D. Bruce Hanes did not have the power to decide on his own whether Pennsylvania's same-sex marriage ban violates the state constitution.
"Unless and until either the General Assembly repeals or suspends the Marriage Law provisions or a court of competent jurisdiction orders that the law is not to be obeyed or enforced, the Marriage Law in its entirety is to be obeyed and enforced by all commonwealth public officials," Pellegrini wrote.
Pa. judge orders end to same-sex marriage licenses
A reminder that while we're welcome to form opinions regarding legality and Constitutionality, the bench very jealously guards the power of judicial review.