Montgomery County Defies Pa Marriage Law

08.07.13 | Bob Price

A Montgomery County spokesman said 16 same-sex couples were issued marriage licenses Monday, making it the highest single-day figure yet in the nearly two weeks since county officials began defying a state ban on such unions.  As of the close of business Tuesday, a total of 82 same-sex couples had received the licenses from Montgomery County, spokesman Frank Custer said. Of those, 22 have gotten married and filed certificates in the county's Register of Wills office. Meanwhile, the state Commonwealth Court said Tuesday it will schedule arguments after briefs are filed on the state Department of Health's request to stop Montgomery County from issuing the licenses. The state must file its brief by Aug. 12, and the county must file by Aug. 19. No judge has been assigned to the matter yet.