Judge: Same-gender 'marriage' not a 'fundamental right'

Judge: Same-gender 'marriage' not a 'fundamental right' A Pennsylvania judge has said no to a lesbian pair seeking a divorce -- and a state-based family advocate is applauding that decision.

Carole Ann Kern and Robin Lynn Taney were married in June 2009 in Massachusetts, where homosexual "marriage" is legal. When they did not meet the residency requirements to file for divorce in that state, they returned to their home state and filed there. But Berks County Judge Scott Lash ruled as "unsupportable" the couple's argument that same-sex marriage passes the test for being a "fundamental right."

"This is a plea for social change," the judge wrote. "If homosexuals had a fundamental right to be married to each other, this plea would be unnecessary."

Diane Gramley of the American Family Association of Pennsylvania reacts to the judge's ruling. "Well, I think we have at least one good judge in Pennsylvania," she comments. "It was encouraging that he ruled that this lesbian couple could not get a divorce in Pennsylvania, because Pennsylvania does not recognize their marriage to begin with."

A Pennsylvania judge has said no to a lesbian pair seeking a divorce -- and a state-based family advocate is applauding that decision.

Carole Ann Kern and Robin Lynn Taney were married in June 2009 in Massachusetts, where homosexual "marriage" is legal. When they did not meet the residency requirements to file for divorce in that state, they returned to their home state and filed there. But Berks County Judge Scott Lash ruled as "unsupportable" the couple's argument that same-sex marriage passes the test for being a "fundamental right."

"This is a plea for social change," the judge wrote. "If homosexuals had a fundamental right to be married to each other, this plea would be unnecessary."

Diane Gramley of the American Family Association of Pennsylvania reacts to the judge's ruling. "Well, I think we have at least one good judge in Pennsylvania," she comments. "It was encouraging that he ruled that this lesbian couple could not get a divorce in Pennsylvania, because Pennsylvania does not recognize their marriage to begin with."