Pa. agency moves to halt licenses for gay marriage

Says county clerk acting in defiance of existing law

In Tuesday’s legal papers, Ms. Taylor and her colleagues said Mrs. Kane’s position was “not based on the holding of any court that has binding effect in Pennsylvania.”

Moreover, it said, the Supreme Court ruling that Mrs. Kane was relying on “in no way” says that a state law resembling Pennsylvania’s marriage law violates the Constitution.

James D. Schultz, general counsel for the governor, said in a letter Tuesday to her office that Mrs. Kane’s actions were “an improper usurpation” of the role of the courts, and her “personal opinion” was “not a valid basis for her refusal to do her job.”

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Cheryl Wetzstein

Cheryl Wetzstein

Cheryl Wetzstein covers family and social issues as a national reporter for The Washington Times. She has been a reporter for three decades, working in New York City and Washington, D.C. Since joining The Washington Times in 1985, she has been a features writer, environmental and consumer affairs reporter, and assistant business editor.

Beginning in 1994, Mrs. Wetzstein worked exclusively ...

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