State attorneys compare gay couples to kids in argument against marriage

Written by The Associated Press | Aug 29, 2013 5:11 AM

(Harrisburg) -- Attorneys for Governor Corbett say marriage licenses given to same-sex couples in the state are invalid because the couples are barred from marrying.

The Corbett administration has filed a lawsuit seeking to block same-sex marriage licenses in Montgomery County.

State attorneys say in a court filing the licenses have no "legitimacy."

They compare gay and lesbian couples to children, who are also barred from marrying.

The state's lawyers say same-sex couples can't marry because a 1996 law defines marriage as being between a man and a woman.

Montgomery County Register of Wills D. Bruce Hanes says the law is discriminatory.

He has been issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples and is scheduled to appear in court next week.

Gay couples say a ruling against Hanes could invalidate their marriages.

The state opposes their participation in the case and their efforts to defend what it calls their "purported marriage licenses."

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