Pennsylvania group protests Montgomery County same-sex marriage licenses

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July 29, 2013

“Free speech is a hallmark of this country,” said Zeitlin, a Lower Merion lawyer who said she and Assagioli had been together for 13 years. They had been informally “married” by a rabbi in a synagogue years ago, but were eager to make it “legal.”

“I’m a lawyer. I would defend their right to be here,” said Zeitlin. “I don’t like what they have to say, but I give them every right to say it.”

The floodgates opened Tuesday after news broke that the county would issue marriages licenses to gay and lesbian couples. Hanes said Friday he has no intention of reversing the decision and sees no threat from law enforcement in that respect. He has cited sections in the state constitution that say every citizen has equal rights under the law, regardless of gender.

“Risa Ferman has said that she is not going to interfere. It is her constitutional duty to assess and prosecute crimes in the county,” he said. “We’re going to do this because it’s the right thing to do. You don’t go back on the right thing to do.”