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08/06/2013 03:14 pm ET | Updated Feb 02, 2016

Pennsylvania Marriage Dispute Heats Up (VIDEO)

Sometimes the fight for equality goes smoothly, and sometimes it can be a bit of a mess. Case in point: the volatile situation right now in Pennsylvania, where county officials have been issuing marriage licenses as though the state ban on marriage is no longer in place. The ban is unconstitutional, they say, and they won't obey it.

That's caused quite a fuss in Harrisburg, where Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane says that the state's ban does indeed violate the U.S. Constitution and that she won't defend it in court. Gov. Tom Corbett is unhappy, to say the least, about the whole situation. His representatives issued a huffy statement complaining that now they will have to defend the ban, which they say should be Kane's job.

So what's next? That's anyone's guess. While officials fight over what's constitutional and what each other's jobs are, couples are still getting married in Montgomery County.

Also in the news this week: a major new lawsuit in Virginia, progress in an Oklahoma lawsuit, and county clerks in Michigan scrambling to get ready for the possible legalization of marriage equality in October. And organizers in Illinois have a strategy for winning marriage this fall, but first they'll need $2 million, please.

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