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Pennsylvania Judge Says He'll Rule Quickly on Gay Marriage Cases

HanesThis morning we reported that a Pennsylvania court was set to hear oral arguments in a lawsuit  filed by Governor Tom Corbett's Health Department against Montgomery County Register of Wills D. Bruce Hanes, with regard to the 164 same-sex marriage licenses Hanes has handed out since July.

The judge in the case now says he'll rule quickly, the AP reports:

Commonwealth Court Judge Dan Pellegrini did not signal what direction he might rule as lawyers debated the actions of Bruce Hanes, who issues licenses in suburban Philadelphia. Arguments lasted over an hour, with lawyers for Gov. Tom Corbett's administration saying Hanes' decision is not allowed under state law.

The lawyer for Montgomery County, where Hanes works, says the court can tailor its decision in a way that won't create chaos.

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  1. Windsor really throws a monkey wrench into any state judge's decision about the validity of its same-gender marriage bans. It doesn't outright say you have to have marriage equality, but it's hard to argue in defense of these laws without implying something relating to the dignity of LGBT people.

    Posted by: Cecilfirefox | Sep 4, 2013 12:52:23 PM

  2. While PA state law give county clerks a lot of discretion, I doubt the marriages will hold up under scrutiny.

    Posted by: anon | Sep 4, 2013 1:42:30 PM

  3. Should be interesting. There are a lot of cases going on right now, the two Idaho rulings recently as well. He has a lot of cover if he wants to make a broad ruling.

    Exciting times.

    Posted by: Michaelandfred | Sep 4, 2013 3:04:02 PM

  4. Cecilfox,which is exactly what Scalia stated would happen in his dissent.
    These bans are simply not goign to be justified much longer.

    Posted by: Kevin | Sep 4, 2013 5:28:30 PM

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