Thursday, August 1, 2013

A spirited discussion on same-sex issues on 'Live From the Newsroom'

My thanks to a great panel on last night's 'Live From the Newsroom' and a very good discussion on what is likely the biggest controversy in the state right now - that being the questions swirling around same-sex marriage and marriage equality.

If you missed the show, make sure you catch the replay here.

I was joined by Delaware County Register of Wills Hugh Donaghue, who again stated the county's case for not issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples, as opposed to the position taken by his conterpart in Montgomery County, D. Bruce Hanes. Donaghue said the county was following the law in Pennsylvania in not doing so, while noting that should the law be changed Delco would obviously comply.

State Sen. Daylin Leach offered spirited support for both Hanes and Attorney General Kathleen Kane, both of whom believe they cannot and should not enforce a law both believe to be unconstitutional.

On the other side, our featured Sunday columnist Christine Flowers said both are making an incorrect legal interpretation and also noted that it is not their job to make that ruling. That's something for the courts to decide.

A very good discussion, and my thanks to all involved.

And if you were wondering, we are once again stating our position on our editorial page. Bottom line: The state law should be changed, but Kane and Hanes are going about it the wrong way.

Now it likely will be up to the courts to decide.

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