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PA Gov Brings In Lawyer On Federal Same-Sex Suit

Friday Sep 6, 2013
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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.

The Office of General Counsel said West Chester lawyer Bill Lamb, a former state Supreme Court justice, was hired to be lead counsel at a rate of $400 an hour. His associates will be paid $325 an hour.

The federal case, filed two months ago, seeks to overturn the state’s 1996 ban on gay marriage. It was brought by a group that includes the widow of a woman who died in May after they were legally married in Massachusetts, 10 couples and one of the couples’ two teenage daughters.

The defendants are Corbett, Democratic Attorney General Kathleen Kane, the state health secretary and two county officials involved with the issuance of marriage licenses. A legal response by the state is due Sept. 16.

The case is separate from a proceeding in Commonwealth Court involving the Department of Health attempting to stop a suburban Philadelphia court clerk from issuing gay marriage licenses.

Pennsylvania is the only northeastern state that has neither gay marriage nor a system of civil unions.

Corbett has been handling the federal lawsuit since Kane said she views the state law as unconstitutional and will not defend it. He also filed the Commonwealth Court litigation.

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  • Bob K, 2013-09-06 06:40:47

    The Republicans will probably spend about that would pay for 4 or 5 school teachers


  • DerekJA, 2013-09-06 07:38:36

    It truly is amazing just how fuking NASTY republicans (small r) and their bible-thumping Bubuas really are. I hope as the younger generation nears the age of voting, that they realizing how much the republicans and their cohorts are really and actually holding back this country. It truly is amazing just how fuking NASTY republicans (small r) and their bible-thumping Bubuas really are. I hope as the younger generation nears the age of voting, that they realizing how much the republicans and their cohorts are really and actually holding back this country. Until TRUE DEMOCRACY happens, we’re really no better than any other country that discriminates. Like Dee Villarubia suggested, "When I say the pledge of allegiance, I say ’justice for some’ because there’s an asterisk that means not me," That isn’t just for some states, that is really for the entire country. Until there are FULL Gay rights in EVERY SINGLE STATE, the Asterisk applies. And Frankly, "O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave".... well, lots of free, but NOT for everyone, everywhere. Again, ASTERISK!


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