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Pennsylvania judge orders clerk to stop issuing same-gender marriage licenses

PHILADELPHIA -- A Pennsylvania judge is stopping a suburban Philadelphia court clerk from issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples, saying it was a clear violation of his legal authority.

Commonwealth Court Judge Dan Pellegrini on Thursday issued an order that said Montgomery County Register of Wills Bruce Hanes didn't have the power to decide on his own whether the same-sex marriage ban violates the state constitution.

Hanes issued four more licenses to same-sex couples on Wednesday, bringing the total number to 174, despite a 1996 state law that restricts marriage to being between one man and one woman.

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