In light of a federal judge overturning Pennsylvania’s ban on same-sex marriage, Luzerne County Judicial Services and Records Division Head Joan Hoggarth said same-sex partners are free to apply for licenses in the office or online (www.luzernecounty.org).
However, county solicitors are reviewing the ruling to determine if the licenses will be issued. Licenses requested tomorrow would not be instantly issued regardless because the office has a three-day waiting period for all license requests, Hoggarth said.
A Luzerne County councilman evidently doesn’t think there is a need for a review.
“We have no right to refuse anyone,” Councilman Jim Bobeck said. “If a same-sex couple walks up to the door for a marriage license, we have to let them in.”