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PA: Same Sex Marriages Invalid

PA: Same Sex Marriages Invalid

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - Attorneys for Pennsylvania's Republican governor say marriage licenses given to same-sex couples in the state are invalid because the couples were barred from marrying - just like "12-year-olds."

 Gov. Tom Corbett's administration has filed a lawsuit seeking to block same-sex marriage licenses in Montgomery County.

State attorneys say in a Wednesday court filing the licenses have no "legitimacy." They compare gay and lesbian couples to children, who can't marry because a 1996 law says marriage is between a man and a woman.

Montgomery County Register of Wills D. Bruce Hanes says the law is discriminatory. He's scheduled to appear in court next week.

Gay couples say a ruling against Hanes could invalidate their marriages. Philly.com says the state opposes their participation in the case and their efforts to defend what it calls their "purported marriage licenses."