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By Mangosuthu Buthelezi
Memories of a long brotherhood tempered in common struggle
Independent voices from the The Washington Times Communities
Topic - D. Bruce Hanes
The nationwide rebellion of county clerks over state marriage laws continued Tuesday, as a North Carolina official accepted applications from gay couples and pressed the issue with state officials.
A Pennsylvania judge on Thursday ordered a county clerk to stop issuing marriage licenses to gay couples in defiance of state laws against same-sex unions.
A Pennsylvania county clerk facing a court hearing on Wednesday to decide whether he illegally issued same-sex marriage licenses in a state that doesn’t allow for the unions said he didn’t mean to cause trouble.
For two months, an elected court clerk in the Philadelphia suburbs has been giving something to same-sex couples they have not been able to get anywhere else in Pennsylvania: a marriage license. Now a court has to decide whether the clerk single-handedly has added the commonwealth to the growing list of states that formally sanction same-sex marriages or whether he has been acting illegally and must be stopped.
Gay-marriage advocates are on the move this fall, pressing their advantage in the wake of favorable court rulings and sympathetic public officials.
The battle over gay marriage in Pennsylvania, one of the last Northeast states where same-sex unions are illegal, heated up Tuesday as a state agency went to court to order a county clerk to stop issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples.
Mr. Hanes said later Thursday that he was disappointed by the ruling but would abide it.
"I don't see myself as a crusader," Mr. Hanes said in the NBC report.