(Harrisburg) -- Attorneys for Governor Corbett say marriage licenses given to same-sex couples in the state are invalid because the couples are barred from marrying.
The Corbett administration has filed a lawsuit seeking to block same-sex marriage licenses in Montgomery County.
State attorneys say in a court filing the licenses have no "legitimacy."
They compare gay and lesbian couples to children, who are also barred from marrying.
The state's lawyers say same-sex couples can't marry because a 1996 law defines marriage as being between a man and a woman.
Montgomery County Register of Wills D. Bruce Hanes says the law is discriminatory.
He has been issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples and is scheduled to appear in court next week.
Gay couples say a ruling against Hanes could invalidate their marriages.
The state opposes their participation in the case and their efforts to defend what it calls their "purported marriage licenses."
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