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In 1996, the Pennsylvania Legislature and Governor enacted a law clarifying that marriage is between one man and one woman. Based upon that law, Pennsylvania Orphans' Court Clerks are only permitted to issue marriage licenses to heterosexual couples until our law is changed either by legislative action or judicial decision. Presently neither of those things have occurred.
As an Elected official sworn to uphold the Pennsylvania Constitution and Laws of this Commonwealth, I have no authority to issue same sex licenses.
My decision offers no position on the underlying subject matter of this very sensitive issue; rather it is intended only to clarify my intent to follow the current law of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. This is my position, and that of the Registers of Wills and Clerks of Orphans' Court Association of Pennsylvania as affirmed by resolution today.