official calls Pa. marriage law 'suspect'
(AP) - A county clerk in suburban Philadelphia is defending his decision to
issue same-sex marriage licenses in a legal brief that calls Pennsylvania's
marriage law "arbitrary and suspect."More than 130 same-sex couples
have obtained marriage licenses in Montgomery County since the register of
wills decided to issue them last month.Democrat D. Bruce Hanes calls the
state's one-man, one-woman marriage law unconstitutional. His brief also cites
the recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling that struck down part of the Defense of
Gov. Tom Corbett's administration has gone to Commonwealth Court to try to stop
Hanes. The state Health Department challenge says Hanes' actions could cause
serious harm. Hanes, in his response
Monday, says those harms aren't specified. He also wants the case moved to the
state Supreme Court.