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Pa. attorneys: Gay couples, like kids, can't marry

Updated: Thursday, August 29 2013, 03:43 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) --

Attorneys for Pennsylvania's Republican governor say marriage licenses given to same-sex couples in the state are invalid because the couples were barred from marrying -- just like "12-year-olds."

   
Gov. Tom Corbett's administration has filed a lawsuit seeking to block same-sex marriage licenses in Montgomery County.

   
State attorneys say in a Wednesday court filing the licenses have no "legitimacy." They compare gay and lesbian couples to children, who can't marry because a 1996 law says marriage is between a man and a woman.

   
Montgomery County Register of Wills D. Bruce Hanes says the law is discriminatory. He's scheduled to appear in court next week.


Gay couples say a ruling against Hanes could invalidate their marriages. Philly.com says the state opposes their participation in the case and their efforts to defend what it calls their "purported marriage licenses."

Pa. attorneys: Gay couples, like kids, can't marry


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