Corbett administration lawyers defend PA same-sex marriage ban

Written by The Associated Press | Feb 20, 2014 5:17 PM

(Harrisburg) -- Corbett administration lawyers say a court should uphold Pennsylvania's ban on same-sex marriage by throwing out one of the lawsuits that challenges its constitutionality. 

Attorneys for Health Secretary Michael Wolf have filed a brief in Commonwealth Court in opposition to a lawsuit brought by 28 couples who obtained marriage licenses from a suburban Philadelphia court clerk. 

The state's lawyers drew distinctions between their case and the facts of last year's gay marriage ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court. 

They say the high court didn't say states must allow or recognize same-sex marriages, or that it's a constitutional violation to limit marriages to between a man and a woman. 

A plaintiffs' lawyer says the administration's brief isn't convincing and runs counter to how courts are interpreting the Supreme Court decision.

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