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.

Read more at PENN Live

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

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