Officials in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania have begun issuing marriage licenses to gay couples even though such marriages are not legal in that state. In fact, they’ve already had their first gay wedding, though it will not be recognized unless a lawsuit against the state succeeds.
A Montgomery County minister this morning performed the first same-sex marriage in Pennsylvania and filed the license with the court, one day after the county’s Register of Wills announced he would issue licenses to any same-sex couples who requested one.
Craig Andrussier, a non-denominational minister from Landsdale, said the two women had contacted him early this morning after they applied for a license at the courthouse.
Andrussier said he met with the Limerick couple and performed a quick ceremony, signed the license then returned to the courthouse to file it with the county.
And Brian Brown of the National Organization for Marriage is having a conniption:
“This illegal action by Montgomery County officials is an insult to voters, legislators and the rule of law,” said Brian Brown, NOM’s president. “We demand that state judges put an immediate end to this lawlessness. In addition, we call on the Pennsylvania Legislature to act immediately to pass a proposed marriage amendment preserving marriage as it has always existed throughout the state’s history as one man and one woman.”…“These county officials are brazenly flaunting the law; substituting their personal views for those of the people as expressed through their elected representatives in state government,” Brown said. “Their actions go beyond marriage and implicates the integrity of the rule of law. This cannot be allowed to stand. We will explore every opportunity to hold these officials responsible for intentionally violating the law, including paths leading to their removal from office.
Hey, you remember when those county clerks in New York refused to issue marriage licenses go gay couples even though the state legislature had legalized them and Brian Brown freaked out about the “illegal action” being an “insult to voters, legislators and the rule of law”? Yeah, I don’t either. Funny, that.