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Saturday, May 15, 2004

Conservative Legislators Sue Gay Couple Who Sought Marriage License
by Newscenter Staff

(Harrisburg, Pennsylvania)  A gay couple who were turned down for a marriage license in Bucks County are now being sued by a group of conservative lawmakers.

Robert Seneca and Stephen Stahl were rejected when they applied for the license at the Bucks County Courthouse in New Hope last March. The couple is preparing a lawsuit challenging Pennsylvania's so-called Defense of Marriage law which defines marriage as a union between a man and a woman.

The suit filed Friday by 11 Republican and one Democratic member of the state legislature seeks to make a preemptive strike by getting a court to affirm the gay marriage ban.

''We want to establish the constitutionality of the law so that the register of wills does not have to issue a marriage license to a same-sex couple,'' Leonard G. Brown III, the attorney who represents the lawmakers, told the Allentown Morning Call.


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