AP headlines: Penn State and gay marraige

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NORRISTOWN, Pa. (AP) – Lawyers are asking a Pennsylvania court to throw out a lawsuit that seeks to stop a rogue county official from issuing same-sex marriage licenses. The state Health Department sued Montgomery County clerk D. Bruce Hanes earlier this week. Hanes has been violating state law by granting marriage licenses to gay couples. Attorneys for Hanes responded to the lawsuit on Friday.

 

They argue that Pennsylvania’s law against same-sex marriage violates the state and U.S. constitutions. Moreover, they say only the attorney general or district attorney can file such a complaint. They also asked for the case to be transferred to the state Supreme Court. Hanes has issued more than three dozen marriage licenses to gay couples since July 24. Pennsylvania is the only northeastern state without gay marriage or civil unions.

 

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) – A central Pennsylvania mayor says she’ll marry same-sex couples if they bring her a license. State College Mayor Elizabeth Goreham says she would have no problem conducting a same-sex wedding. State Attorney General Kathleen Kane has said she won’t defend a state law defining marriage as a contract between one man and one woman.

 

In that vein, the Register of Wills in Montgomery County has started issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples, although others in surrounding counties have said they’ll continue to abide by the state law. Goreham doesn’t have the power to issue marriage licenses, but is empowered to marry couples who already have one. She says she’ll honor the same-sex licenses issued in Montgomery County, should any of those couples ask her to marry them.

 

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) – Penn State’s bill to pay costs related to the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal is nearing $48 million. A university website on Friday showed a $47.7 million total as of the end of May, up $1.9 million from two months earlier. The amount covered legal fees, consulting work and other associated costs. Much of the increase was tied to the university’s legal services and defense, which cost $10.4 million, up about $700,000 from March.

 

The university has said it won’t use tuition dollars, state appropriations or donations to pay for scandal costs. The arrest of retired assistant football coach Sandusky in November 2011 triggered the sweeping scandal. Sandusky, 69, was sentenced to 30-to-60 years in prison last fall after being convicted on dozens of criminal counts.

 

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) – For all the tough runs in his playing career, College Football Hall of Famer Curt Warner says raising twin sons with autism has been the biggest challenge of his life. The former Seattle Seahawks and Penn State running back returned to his alma mater this week to speak at the National Autism Conference about raising his 19-year-old sons Austin and Christian.

 

Warner says he rarely speaks about issue publicly because it’s emotional. The appearance represented the first time that Warner was joined his wife, Ana and a third son, 20-year-old Jonathan, in speaking about autism. Ana Warner says they wanted to share their experiences with other families raising autistic children. Jonathan followed in his father’s footsteps to Penn State, where he’s a redshirt freshman receiver.

 

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