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Gov. Tom Corbett (R-Pa.)

Pa. lawyers defend state’s gay marriage ban, ask court to dismiss lawsuit

Thursday, February 20, 2014
HARRISBURG, Pa. -- Lawyers for Gov. Tom Corbett's administration are urging a state judge to uphold Pennsylvania's ban on gay marriage by throwing out a lawsuit brought by more than two dozen same-sex couples that challenges its constitutionality. [ Read more → ]
Gov. Tom Corbett (R-Pa.)

Pa. governor Tom Corbett supports bill to outlaw anti-LGBT discrimination

Wednesday, December 18, 2013
HARRISBURG, Pa. -- Gov. Tom Corbett said Wednesday that he would be willing to sign legislation to outlaw discrimination based on someone's sexual orientation or gender identity, but he was unprepared to say what he will do, if anything, to try to dislodge such bills that have thus far languished in the Republican-controlled Legislature. [ Read more → ]
Pa. Attorney General Kathleen Kane (left) and Gov. Tom Corbett

Pa. governor, AG seek to be dismissed from another same-sex marriage case

Monday, December 9, 2013
PHILADELPHIA -- Attorney General Kathleen Kane is seeking to be dismissed from a federal lawsuit pending in Philadelphia that challenges Pennsylvania's same-sex marriage ban. [ Read more → ]
Pa. Attorney General Kathleen Kane (left) and Gov. Tom Corbett

Defendants reshuffled in lawsuit challenging Pa. same-sex marriage ban

Sunday, November 3, 2013
HARRISBURG, Pa. -- Lawyers on both sides of a court challenge to the state's gay marriage ban have agreed to dismiss Republican Gov. Tom Corbett and Democratic Attorney General Kathleen Kane as defendants. [ Read more → ]
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New Jersey, neighboring Pennsylvania spotlight same-sex marriage efforts

Saturday, October 19, 2013
HARRISBURG, Pa. -- Pennsylvania and New Jersey are on tracks that could lead to the Northeast being the first full region in the country to legalize same-sex marriage -- but the routes are hardly parallel and the horsepower anything but equal. [ Read more → ]
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No trial date set yet in Pa. same-sex marriage case

Wednesday, October 9, 2013
HARRISBURG, Pa. -- A federal judge said Wednesday he would not set a trial date just yet for a lawsuit challenging Pennsylvania's ban on same-sex marriage. [ Read more → ]
Pa. Attorney General Kathleen Kane (left) and Gov. Tom Corbett

Pa. officials ask to be released as defendants in same-sex marriage lawsuit

Tuesday, October 8, 2013
HARRISBURG, Pa. -- Pennsylvania's governor, its chief legal officer and its health secretary are asking to be released as defendants in a federal lawsuit seeking to overturn the state's gay-marriage ban. [ Read more → ]
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Pa. governor: Same-sex marriage is like marriage between siblings

Friday, October 4, 2013
HARRISBURG, Pa. -- Republican Gov. Tom Corbett compared the marriage of same-sex couples to the marriage of a brother and sister during an appearance on a Friday morning TV news show. [ Read more → ]
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Pa. county appeals ruling banning marriage licenses for same-sex couples

Tuesday, October 1, 2013
PHILADELPHIA -- Montgomery County on Tuesday appealed a state court order to stop issuing same-sex marriage licenses, the latest volley in Pennsylvania's fast-paced battle over gay marriage. [ Read more → ]
Gov. Tom Corbett (R-Pa.)

Pa. governor hires lawyer to defend same-sex marriage ban in federal court

Thursday, September 5, 2013
HARRISBURG, Pa. — Republican Gov. Tom Corbett's office announced Thursday it has hired a well-known lawyer from outside the government to lead his defense of the state's same-sex marriage ban in a federal lawsuit. [ Read more → ]
Kathleen Kane

Pa. AG gives governor’s lawyers OK to handle gay marriage case

Tuesday, September 3, 2013
HARRISBURG, Pa. -- Pennsylvania's attorney general has granted express written authority to lawyers for Gov. Tom Corbett to handle a case in which the Health Department wants to stop a suburban Philadelphia court clerk from giving marriage licenses to same-sex couples, according to a Tuesday court filing. [ Read more → ]
Matt Rourke, APEllen Toplin, right, and Charlene Kurland pose for photographs with their marriage license at a Montgomery County office on Wednesday, despite a state law banning such unions.

Landmark same-sex marriage hearing approaches in Pa.

Sunday, September 1, 2013
HARRISBURG, Pa. -- For two months, an elected court clerk in the Philadelphia suburbs has been giving something to same-sex couples they have not been able to get anywhere else: a Pennsylvania marriage license. [ Read more → ]
Gov. Tom Corbett (R-Pa.)

Pa. governor says state lawyers made ‘inappropriate’ gay marriage comparison

Thursday, August 29, 2013
HARRISBURG, Pa. -- Republican Gov. Tom Corbett said Thursday it was inappropriate for his lawyers to compare same-sex couples seeking marriage licenses to 12-year-old children. [ Read more → ]
Gov. Tom Corbett (R-Pa.)

Attorneys compare gay couples to 12-year-old kids in brief opposing gay marriage

Thursday, August 29, 2013
HARRISBURG, Pa. — Marriage licenses given to same-sex couples in the state are invalid because the couples were barred from marrying, just like 12-year-olds, Republican Gov. Tom Corbett's attorneys said Wednesday. [ Read more → ]
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Pa. court outlines issues for hearing on marriage licenses for same-sex couples

Thursday, August 22, 2013
HARRISBURG, Pa. -- A Pennsylvania court laid out the issues Thursday to be argued at a hearing in two weeks about a suburban Philadelphia court clerk's decision to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. [ Read more → ]
Matt Rourke, APEllen Toplin, right, and Charlene Kurland pose for photographs with their marriage license at a Montgomery County office on Wednesday, despite a state law banning such unions.

Pa. court to hear case against county for issuing same-sex marriage licenses

Tuesday, August 20, 2013
PHILADELPHIA — A Pennsylvania court will hear arguments next month on the governor's attempt to stop a county official from issuing same-sex marriage licenses. [ Read more → ]
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Pa. state lawyers: Marriage licenses for same-sex couples risk ‘serious harm’

Monday, August 12, 2013
HARRISBURG, Pa. -- The Pennsylvania health department says a county clerk's decision to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples "risks causing serious and limitless harm" in the state and beyond. [ Read more → ]
Pa. Attorney General Kathleen Kane (left) and Gov. Tom Corbett

Pa. AG fires back at governor over challenge to gay marriage ban

Wednesday, July 31, 2013
HARRISBURG, Pa. -- Attorney General Kathleen Kane is firing back at Gov. Tom Corbett over the defense of Pennsylvania's law that effectively bans same-sex marriage and said it isn't the governor's job to tell the attorney general what the office's duties and obligations are. [ Read more → ]
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