(HARRISBURG PATRIOT NEWS) 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 (Pennsylvania Defense of Marriage Act) in its entirety is to be obeyed and enforced by all Commonwealth public officials.
That brief summation at the end of an opinion issued Thursday by a Pennsylvania judge ordering a county clerk to stop issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples is the closest today’s action comes to weighing in on the legal validity of the licenses that have already been issued.
Commonwealth Court President Judge Dan Pellegrini on Thursday ordered Montgomery of County Register of Wills H. Bruce Hanes to stop issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples. Since he began to do so in July, declaring the state’s marriage law unconstitutional, Hanes has issued more than 160 licenses. Several of the couples have even wed in Pennsylvania.