Pennsylvania judge orders clerk to obey same-sex marriage ban

Pennsylvania judge orders clerk to obey same-sex marriage ban
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POSTED: Saturday, September 14, 2013 - 12:00am

UPDATED: Saturday, September 14, 2013 - 12:04am

A Pennsylvania judge has ordered a suburban Philadelphia county clerk to comply with the state's same-sex marriage ban and stop issuing marriage licenses to gay couples.

Since July, D. Bruce Hanes, the elected Montgomery County register of wills, has given out 174 licenses to same-sex couples, ignoring a 1996 state law that defines marriage as "between one man and one woman."

The state Department of Health sued to stop Hanes, saying he is in "direct defiance" of the ban and "risks causing serious and limitless harm to the public." 

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