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Amid State-County Tiff, Gay Couples Delight In Montco Marriage Licenses

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(Philadelphia couple Christine Lindgren, left, and Andrea Myers went to Norristown for their marriage license.  Photo by Brad Segall)

(Philadelphia couple Christine Lindgren, left, and Andrea Myers went to Norristown for their marriage license. Photo by Brad Segall)

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By Brad Segall

NORRISTOWN, Pa. (CBS) — Despite a lawsuit filed yesterday by the Corbett administration (see related story), the register of wills in Montgomery County is still issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

Andrea Myers and her partner of a year and a half, Christine Lindgren, have plans to get married this weekend in Montgomery County.  The Philadelphia couple received their marriage certificate knowing that the state’s health department filed the lawsuit calling on register of wills Bruce Hanes to stop defying the law.

But Myers says she and her fiancée remain hopeful the laws will change.

“With the Supreme Court case and Kathleen Kane saying that she won’t defend that part of the law in court because it would be to the detriment of Pennsylvania, you’ve just got to hope for the best outcome but know that sometimes change doesn’t happen overnight,” Myers tells KYW Newsradio.

Pennsylvania doesn’t recognize same-sex marriages, saying marriage is a union only between a man and a woman.

Montgomery County officials say the state’s petition has serious flaws and they plan to file a response shortly — and they have no plans to stop issuing the licenses.

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