Trial of Gay-Rights Vigilante Begins Today

A Pennsylvania county clerk decides to defy state law and issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples

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California Prepares For Flood Of Gay Weddings

According to Pennsylvania state law, “marriage shall be between one man and one woman.” According to D. Bruce Hanes, a county clerk in suburban Philadelphia, that law was bunk ever since the Supreme Court ruled the Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutional. So in late July, Hanes began issuing marriage licenses to any same-sex couple who came through his Norristown office. “I decided to come down on the right side of history and the law,” he said of his decision, according to Philly.com.

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That will be determined in court today, as Hanes goes to trial for issuing 164 licenses to same-sex couples, 98 of which have been filed and completed, according to the Associated Press. In a sign of how knotty the entanglement of state and federal marriage laws can be, state Attorney General Kathleen Kane has given her opinion that the state’s marriage law is unconstitutional, and she is pursuing a federal challenge to the statute. If she succeeds, Hanes may flip from vigilante back to law-abiding clerk overnight.

[Associated Press]

9 comments
sacredh
sacredh

It's more than a little sad that we're in the 21st century and still have people fighting for equal rights.

popnvtec
popnvtec

Why do we have to continue on and on and on about gay rights.  Gays have as many rights as anyone else.  Right to vote, right to work, play, be educated, adopt etc,  why is it they want more and more and more.  Just live your lives and move on.  Really sad when a couple in Oregon refused to make a wedding cake for a gay wedding, then the gay community destroyed these people and their livelihood.  Why wouldnt they just find  some one else to make the cake, seriously, people have the right to refuse if they want.  If that was their religious belief, they should have been noted for taking a stand in what they believe, not crucified for standing for what they believe.  The Bible does go against homosexuality.  I have no qualms with gays, but I do not like it shoved down my throat, and trying to force my opinion.  Every where you turn now is everything catered to the gays or the gays upset about something.  Really?  Get some thicker skin and forget about it.  This aint your world.  You are just like everyone else.  Here to survive. 

EbonyEnright
EbonyEnright

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sacredh
sacredh

The times they are a changing.

ThomasHarrison
ThomasHarrison

@popnvtec Wow, it must be lovely to live your magical world where repeatedly saying a group of people have equal rights makes it so. Does that work for other things? I HAVE AN INFINITE SUPPLY OF BEER IN MY FRIDGE! I HAVE AN INFINITE SUPPLY OF BEER IN MY FRIDGE! I HAVE AN INFINITE SUPPLY OF BEER IN MY FRIDGE!

... well, nuts.

InisMagrath
InisMagrath

@popnvtec-- you are wrong. You claim gay people already have the "right to work, play, be educated, adopt etc."  THAT'S FALSE. There are many states (Texas is one of them) where a person can be fired from their job solely because they are gay, can be denied renting an apartment -- or kicked out of their apartment -- just because they are gay, and can be denied the ability to adopt kids. Rant and rave all you want about whoever you think is shoving something down your throat that you don't like. But, if you think gay people have equal rights as everyone else you are simply wrong.

Tero
Tero

@popnvtec 

Boo freakin' hoo! Gays deserve equality and we will continue fight until we do. Sorry to "shove it down your throat" but bigotry and discrimination against gays is no longer acceptable. If you don't like hearing about it, cover your ears and go "lalala I can't hear you" like children do.

JeffJankowiak
JeffJankowiak

@popnvtec I have a better idea.  If we would all stop discriminating against a sub section of our society maybe we would not have to listen to their protests and rights violations.   We can solve this issue if we try.

sacredh
sacredh

@EbonyEnright, I'm impressed by women that can put their feet behind their heads. That's just me though.