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Pennsylvania court to hear gay marriage arguments on Sept. 4

By 69 News & Associated Press, (follow: @69news), news@wfmz.com
Published On: Aug 20 2013 01:02:06 PM CDT
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Enrique Castro-Mendivil / Reuters

HARRISBURG, Pa. -

A Pennsylvania court will hear arguments next month on the governor's attempt to stop a county official from issuing same-sex marriage licenses.

Republican Gov. Tom Corbett's administration said Montgomery County officials are violating the state's one-man, one-woman marriage law.

Democratic officials, however, said they believe the state marriage law is unconstitutional.

Commonwealth Court will hear arguments on Sept. 4 in Harrisburg.

Meanwhile, a few mayors around the state are stepping into the fray.

In western Pennsylvania, Braddock Mayor John Fetterman said he has performed several same-sex marriages at his home.

And State College Mayor Elizabeth Goreham has hosted a same-sex wedding, but she said she had a minister perform the ceremony so she would not violate her oath of office.