September 18, 2013

The fight over same-sex marriage licenses issued by Montgomery County is not over yet — despite last week's court ruling that barred any further licenses to gay couples.

County Register of Wills D. Bruce Hanes will appeal the Sept. 12 ruling, according to a statement from the county released Tuesday afternoon.

County Solicitor Ray McGarry will file an appeal on behalf of Hanes, who prior to the ruling in Commonwealth Court last Thursday had issued 174 licenses during a six-week period. Hanes began isssuing licenses to same-sex couples July 24.

"McGarry said the appeal would be filed in the next several days.  He will make no further comment until the appeal is filed," the county said in the statement.

Hanes hinted last week that he would seek to appeal the ruling that went as a victory to Gov. Tom Corbett's administration, which filed a lawsuit seeking to stop Hanes Aug. 1.