Wrong Side of the Law (Townhall.com) October 23, 2013Posted by daviddavenport in Radio Commentaries.
Tags: Public Policy
A Pennsylvania judge has told a county clerk that he may no longer issue same sex marriage licenses.
Stunningly, the clerk had decided on his own that Pennsylvania’s law banning same-sex marriage was unconstitutional and had issued 174 licenses to same-sex couples.
Finally a judge said “enough,” adding that a county clerk has no authority to decide such constitutional matters. Only if the legislature changes the law or a court finds it unconstitutional could such licenses be issued.
It is unclear what happens to the more than 100 same sex marriages already performed, though in similar cases in California and Oregon, such marriages became invalid. New Mexico now faces its own version of this.
The clerk said he felt he was on the right side of history. But it turns out he was on the wrong side of the law.
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