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Berks and York counties won't issue marrige licenses to same-sex couples

Written by The Associated Press | Jul 26, 2013 11:07 AM
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(Norristown) -- A conservative group has planned a "pray-in" to protest a decision in Montgomery County to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, and officials in three nearby counties say they'll abide by current state law and not issue such licenses.

Michael McMonigle, president of the Pro-Life Coalition of Pa., says he expects 20 to 30 people at the prayerful protest in Norristown today.

That's where Montgomery County Register of Wills D. Bruce Hanes began issuing licenses to same-sex couples on Wednesday.

But Hanes' counterparts in Berks, Delaware and York counties, all in southeastern Pennsylvania, say they won't be following suit.

They say they'll continue to abide by a state law defining marriage as a contract between one man and one woman unless and until the courts or lawmakers change the statute.

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