Wednesday, July 31, 2013


Montgomery County Register of Wills joins Attorney General in defiance of state law:
Culture News reported at:, that D. Bruce Hanes, register of wills in Montgomery County, Norristown, PA, just north of Philadelphia, has been issuing gay marriage licenses in defiance of state law, since the U.S. Supreme Court made its decision. This is the same moral relativism as the Attorney General that we previously posted about. Hanes is being sued by the state Health Department.
D. Bruce Hanes:

Same-sex couples in Montgomery County Pa., 

get marriage licenses:

Pa same sex couple travels from Harrisburg, PA 

to apply for marriage license in Montgomery County:

Montgomery County, PA Issues 

Illegal Gay Marriage Licenses:

Pa. Pastors Network blasts Kane on gay marriage:

Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane of Pennsylvania:

From the PA Attorney General, this press release:, followed by a legal analysis from New American:
July 11, 2013
Attorney General Kane will not defend DOMA
HARRISBURG - Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane today announced that the Office of Attorney General will not defend Pennsylvania's Defense of Marriage Act in a recently filed lawsuit (Whitewood, et al vs Corbett, et al). The lawsuit challenges Pennsylvania's Defense of Marriage Act, based on the Equal Protection and Due Process Clauses of the United States Constitution.
The law, commonly referred to as DOMA, prohibits marriage between people of the same sex. In addition, under DOMA, same-sex marriages that are legally made in other states are void in Pennsylvania.
"I cannot ethically defend the constitutionality of Pennsylvania's version of DOMA where I believe it to be wholly unconstitutional," Kane said.
"It is my duty under the Commonwealth Attorneys Act whenever I determine it is in the best interest of the Commonwealth to authorize the Office of General Counsel to defend the state in litigation."
"Additionally, it is a lawyer's ethical obligation under Pennsylvania's Rules of Professional Conduct to withdraw from a case in which the lawyer has a fundamental disagreement with the client," said Kane.
Kane made the following points about DOMA:
  • Pennsylvania's DOMA, like the federal DOMA, imposes a disadvantage, a separate status, and a stigma on those who enter into same-sex marriages. 
  • Pennsylvania's DOMA wrongly denies same-sex couples the fundamental right to marry in Pennsylvania; and for those same-sex couples who legally marry outside Pennsylvania, it denies them the fundamental right to have their lawful marriage recognized in our state.  
  • Pennsylvania's DOMA has no legitimate purpose other than to disparage and injure same-sex couples by placing them in a less respected position than others.  
  • The discriminatory treatment explicitly authorized by DOMA violates both the US and Pennsylvania Constitution.
"I know that in this state there are people who don't believe in what we are doing, and I'm not asking them to believe in it. I'm asking them to believe in the constitution," Kane said.

The issue of same-sex marriage is squarely in the tradition of the struggle for civil rights in the U.S.
"We have always stood strong in the face of discrimination, which in its various forms has never withstood the test of time," Kane said.
"It is our duty, each and every one of us, to protect the constitutionality, to protect the rights and dignity of others, and to protect the equality of all men and women in this Commonwealth."