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Demand for gay-marriage licenses in Pa. is rising

Written by The Associated Press | Aug 6, 2013 12:12 PM
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Demand among same-sex couples for marriage licenses from an eastern Pennsylvania county official shows no sign of slacking.

A Montgomery County spokesman said 16 same-sex couples were issued marriage licenses Monday. That's the highest single-day figure yet in the nearly two weeks since county officials began defying a state ban on such unions.

Meanwhile, the state Commonwealth Court says 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.

In the meantime, Mayor John Fetterman of Braddock, near Pittsburgh, said he performed a Monday night marriage ceremony for two men who were issued a license by Montgomery County.

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