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Demand For Gay Marriage Licenses In PA Rising



Demand among same-sex couples for marriage licenses from an eastern Pennsylvania county official flouting state law shows no sign of slacking.
 
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.
 
Spokesman Frank Custer says that as of the close of business Tuesday, a total of 82 same-sex couples had received the licenses from Montgomery County. Of those, 22 have gotten married and filed certificates in the county's Register of Wills office.
 
Mayor John Fetterman of Braddock, near Pittsburgh, told KDKA-TV that he performed a Monday night marriage ceremony for two men who were issued a license by Montgomery County. Fetterman called the Pennsylvania law that effectively bans same-sex marriage "a fundamentally unjust piece of legislation."
 
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.


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