Rarely, if ever, does a suburban Register of Wills make news. But just two years ago, the Montgomery County Register hit the airwaves in a big way.
Montgomery County clerk Bruce Hanes can resume issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples.
Now that marriage equality is a reality in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Montco register of wills D. Bruce Hanes is still feeling the pain of his insubordination.
The Register of Wills in Montgomery County stirred the pot this summer when he began issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples. That brought about a lawsuit from the Corbett Administration calling for that practice to end.
Twenty-one same sex couples have filed a lawsuit in Commonwealth Court, asking the justices to declare their marriages legal and Pennsylvania’s marriage law unconstitutional.
Montgomery County solicitor Ray McGarry announced today that he would file an appeal on behalf of county register of wills D. Bruce Hanes.
Register of wills D. Bruce Hanes says he is disappointed by the court’s decision but has no regrets about what he has done.
Commonwealth Court judge Dan Pellegrini heard arguments on whether the state’s Department of Health has standing to bring the case, and whether the case belongs in state Supreme Court instead.
Several dozen members of the community showed up to thank register of wills Bruce Hanes for the bold step he’s taken in issuing marriage licenses to gay and lesbian couples.
Montgomery County Solicitor Ray McGarry filed a response to a lawsuit challenging the Register of Wills Bruce Hanes’ decision to grant same-sex marriage licenses.
Bruce Castor, the lone Republican on the board of commissioners, won’t state his position on gay marriage publicly, saying he’s looking at the issue from a purely legal standpoint.
Pennsylvania officials are asking a court to stop Montgomery County from issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples.