HARRISBURG, Pa. - Marriage licenses given to same-sex couples in the state are invalid because the couples were barred from marrying, just like 12-year-olds, Republican Gov. Tom Corbett's attorneys said Wednesday.
Corbett's administration has filed a lawsuit seeking to block same-sex marriage licenses in suburban Philadelphia, where Montgomery County Register of Wills D. Bruce Hanes has issued more than 150 to gay and lesbian couples since July 24.
State attorneys said in a court filing on Wednesday the gay marriage licenses have no "value or legitimacy" and can't be defended in court. They compared gay and lesbian couples to children, who can't marry because a 1996 law says marriage is between a man and a woman.
"Had the clerk issued marriage licenses to 12-year-olds in violation of state law, would anyone seriously contend that each 12-year-old ... is entitled to a hearing on the validity of his 'license'?" the state wrote, according to a story on the Philly.com news website.
The state Department of Health brought the case against Hanes. Hanes, who says the state law is unconstitutional and discriminatory, is scheduled to appear in Commonwealth Court next week in the case.
More than 30 gay and lesbian couples that received marriage licenses from Hanes say a ruling against him could invalidate their marriages, and they've sought to participate in the case.
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Gee, false equivalency much, Governor? We're not talking about children here' we're talking about adults, adults who want to enter into a legal contract which the Supreme Courts of the United States has stated is legal in California. Now, granted that's one state, but it's also what one might construe as the first domino to fall.
You never had a statute challenged in your state before, Mr. Corbett? Or is it that you would prefer that this particular challenge just went away?
Look at the bright side. He isn't comparing gays to criminals.
Good point. We have made progress :)
He might as well have used dogs as an example. Really insulting.
Of the two of us, I think you're more appropriately treated as an adult, and yet this idiot thinks I should be allowed to get married and you shouldn't. What the hell?
... not that you want to get married.
... and not that I'm flattering your level of responsibility much, with that comparison. In comparing you to myself, I'm holding you to a very low bar. ^.^
It's as though Corbett wants to be dismissive of the entire issue, as though he wants to compare gay and Lesbian adults who want to get married with children playing "house," which is about as condescending as you can get. I don't think it's a reach either to suggest that Corbett is making that association, either.
I just hope it bites him on the ass!
Agreed. But who's going to do the biting? The poor individual would end up with a mouthful of "dumbass."
Another shit4brains republican asshole chickenshit politician using antigay demagoguery to garner votes from his smallbraied bigoted electorate.
He's probably right, given the state laws, the marriages are illegal. However, in his precious bible I don't think marriages to children are discouraged or forbidden, so that is not a good comparison.
It will all have to go to court. The battle continues, state by state.