A state court hearing in Harrisburg will address the actions of a suburban Philadelphia court clerk who has been handing out marriage licenses to same-sex couples since late July, despite a Pennsylvania law defining marriage as between a man and a woman.
Oral arguments before Commonwealth Court on Wednesday involve a lawsuit filed by Gov. Tom Corbett's Health Department against the courthouse official, Montgomery County Register of Wills D. Bruce Hanes. By the close of business Tuesday, Hanes had issued 164 licenses, and 98 of them have been completed, returned and filed.
The Health Department wants the court to stop Hanes, an elected official who handles the licenses in his role as orphan's court clerk.