Proponents of same-sex marriage are planning a rally on the steps of the Montgomery County courthouse at 3 p.m.
Organizers say the rally is to support D. Bruce Hanes, the Montco Register of Wills who has gone out on a limb to issue marriage license to gay and lesbian couples in spite of a state law that defines marriage between one man and one woman.
I profiled Hanes in today's Inquirer, and I'm getting a lot of comments from people who say they don't care about gay marriage, but they oppose an elected official taking the law into his own hands. Others, especially same-sex couples, are praising Hanes as a courageous man whose actions may expand civil rights in the state.
Hanes is being sued by the Corbett administration to halt the licenses. Montgomery County has filed a response to the lawsuit, but so far no judge has weighed in, and licenses are still going out. Some couples have come from as far as Pittsburgh to get a marriage license, which can then be used by an officiant anywhere in the state.