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Pennsylvania Marriage Law

(State senators Larry Farnese, partially hidden, and Mike Stack, right, listen as Sen. Daylin Leach describes efforts to gain passage of marriage equality legislation in Pennsylvania.  Photo by Kim Glovas)

Pa. Legislators Propose Sidestepping Colleague Who is Blocking Marriage Equality Bill

“If I were the speaker (of the Pennsylvania House), I would refer the bill to another committee,” Sen. Daylin Leach said today. “There is no law that requires this to be referred to the state government committee.”

01/07/2014

(Judge John E. Jones III.  US District Court official portrait)

Federal Trial on Pa. Same-Sex Marriage Law Set For June 2014

Judge John Jones III has said that the legal system’s view of sex and sexual identity cases has undergone a “sea change” over the past four decades.

11/22/2013

(Alicia Terrizzi, left, and her fiancée Loreen Bloodgood showing the marriage license they obtained from Bruce Hanes, the first issued to a same-sex couple in Montgomery County.  File photo by Brad Segall)

Federal Judge Allows Pa. Same-Sex Marriage Challenges To Move Forward in Court

Federal judge John E. Jones III has dismissed motions by the state secretaries of health and revenue, and the Bucks County register of wills.

11/15/2013

(File photo:  two women await their chance to take part in a civil union ceremony in New Jersey.)

Pollster Says Most Pennsylvanians Not Riled Up Over Gay Marriage Issue

“Given the health of the economy, given the other economic and fiscal concerns that voters have, I don’t think it’s likely to move center stage .. in the short run,” says Terry Madonna.

10/02/2013

(Actress Megan Cavanagh, left, and her wife, filmaker Anne Chamberlain, kissing at a West Hollywood bar earlier this year.  They were married in 2008.   File photo by Robyn Beck/ AFP/ Getty Images)

Federal Lawsuit Aims To Sink Pa. Gay Marriage Ban Once and For All

The case attacks the Commonwealth’s refusal to recognize same-sex marriages performed legally in other states.

09/27/2013

(Supporters of marriage equality in Pennsylvania demonstrate outside the Pennsylvania Judicial Center in Harrisburg, where arguments were heard on September 4th on Montgomergy County's issuance of licenses to same-sex couples.  Credit: Tony Romeo)

Gay Couples Ask State Court to Overturn Pennsylvania Marriage Law

Twenty-one same sex couples have filed a lawsuit in Commonwealth Court, asking the justices to declare their marriages legal and Pennsylvania’s marriage law unconstitutional.

09/26/2013

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Hanes To Appeal Commonwealth Court Decision On Marriage Licenses

Montgomery County solicitor Ray McGarry announced today that he would file an appeal on behalf of county register of wills D. Bruce Hanes.

09/17/2013

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Judge Halts Issuance of Same-Sex Marriage Licenses in Montco

A Pennsylvania judge is stopping a suburban Philadelphia court clerk from issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples, saying it was a clear violation of his legal authority.

09/12/2013

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Montco Officials Consider Next Move In Effort To Issue Same-Sex Marriage Licenses

Register of wills D. Bruce Hanes says he is disappointed by the court’s decision but has no regrets about what he has done.

09/12/2013