Hanes Ordered To Stop Issuing Same Sex Marriage Licenses

Commonwealth Court Judge Dan Pellegrini announced that he would make a quick ruling on the issuance of same sex marriage licenses in Montgomery County following a September 4th court hearing. Pellegrini delivered his ruling yesterday, ordering Montgomery County Register of Wills, Bruce Hanes, to stop issuing same sex marriage licenses. In his ruling, Judge Pellegrini said Hanes did not have the legal authority to issue licenses to same sex couples. Hanes began issuing the licenses in July, which led the state health department to file suit against Montgomery County to stop Hanes from issuing licenses. Hanes issued 174 same sex licenses. The county has 30 days to bring the matter to the state supreme court.

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