Gay Marriage Pennsylvania

September 12, 2013 - 4:35 PM
FILE - In this July 24, 2013 file photo Ellen Toplin, right, and Charlene Kurland show their new marriage license at a Montgomery County office despite a state law banning such unions, in Norristown, Pa. On Thursday, Sept. 12, 2013, Commonwealth Court Judge Dan Pellegrini ordered Montgomery County Register of Wills D. Bruce Hanes to stop issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples. The judge said Hanes did not have the power to decide on his own whether Pennsylvania's same-sex marriage ban violates the state constitution. It was not immediately clear what the decision would mean to those who have already received a license. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)