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D. Bruce Hanes, Register of Wills in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, talks with Rachel Maddow about why he feels his allegiance to the constitution of the state of Pennsylvania compels him to grant marriage licenses to same sex couples.


Montco will not deny same-sex marriage licenses

 The Montgomery County register of wills has joined a rising tide of elected officials using their offices to take a stand against same-sex marriage bans.

"I decided to come down on the right side of history and the law," D. Bruce Hanes said, announcing that his office would issue marriage licenses to gay and lesbian couples.

He follows state Attorney General Kathleen Kane, who is refusing to defend the state law against a federal lawsuit, and the Obama administration, which declined to defend the federal Defense of Marriage Act. Both Hanes and Kane are Democrats.


Same-Sex Couple Married After Receiving Marriage Licenses in MontCo

Alicia Terrizzi and Loreen Bloodgood didn't go to Montgomery County this morning expecting to be pioneers.

"We weren't really planning on being like the first people," Terrizzi, 45, said. "I thought there was gonna be a giant line here. We weren't planning on doing this yesterday, we had no idea we were even going to be able to, but we're obviously gonna take advantage of the opportunity we've been given."

Terrizzi and Bloodgood are one of three female couples that applied for and received marriage licenses in Montgomery County today, despite a state law that bans the unions.


Pennsylvania county clerk who vows to issue gay marriage licenses hailed by some, derided by others

Advocates for same-sex marriage are viewing news that a Montgomery County court clerk has decided to buck state law and issue gay marriage licences as a sign of the mounting support for marriage equality in the state.

On Tuesday, Montgomery County Register of Wills Bruce Hanes issued a press release stating he would issue same-sex marriage license to anyone who walked into this office requesting one.

“This is further proof that Governor (Tom) Corbett should refuse to defend discrimination in Pennsylvania,” said Alan Kennedy-Shaffer, president of Harrisburg Hope, a bipartisan advocacy group. “ There is momentum for marriage equality and it will become law in Pennsylvania sooner than many people think.

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UPDATE 12pm: Pennsylvania county issues first gay marriage license in state; same-sex couple wed shortly after

Montgomery County To Issue Marriage Licenses To Same Sex Couples

NORRISTOWN, Pa. (CBS) – Officials in Montgomery County say the county is ready to issue marriage licenses to same sex couples even though gay marriages and civil unions are not recognized in Pennsylvania.

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Same-Sex Couples Can Marry in Montgomery County: Register of Wills

Montgomery County Register of Wills Bruce Hanes announced Tuesday that he was prepared to issue marriage license to a same-sex couple earlier today, regardless of the Pennsylvania law banning same-sex marriages.

According to Hanes, a same-sex couple approached him last week, requesting to apply for a marriage license in Montgomery County.

Hanes said that he worked closely with the Register of Wills solicitor Michael Clarke and Montgomery County Solicitor Raymond McGarry to study “every aspect of the law,” based upon the request.

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