First day passes with no same-sex marriage licenses

A staffer in the Montgomery County Register of Wills department, who did not want to be identified, holds up the first marriage license for a gay couple. (JESSICA PARKS / Staff)

Ever since the Montgomery County Register of Wills began issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples, the number has been steadily rising. 

Until today. 

According to county Communication Director Frank Custer, no marriage licenses were issued to same-sex couples today, breaking a 20-day streak (not including weekends, obviously).

The total issued remains at 140.  Of those, 72 have completed their weddings and returned the certificates.  And 32 have signed up to intervene in a lawsuit to defend the validity of those licenses, which the Commonwealth says are invalid.

Under state law, marriage is defined between one man and one woman. The Commonwealth Court will hear oral arguments in the case Sept. 4.