The county filed an emergency appeal on Tuesday, asking the court to lift an order barring Register of Wills D. Bruce Hanes from issuing marriage licenses to gay and lesbian couples. State attorneys said Wednesday that they are not fighting the county's request.
County officials had hoped permission would come Thursday, but as of 5 p.m. the paperwork still had not come through.
Pennsylvania residents can obtain a license in any county, regardless of where they live. Other counties have issued dozens of licenses since Tuesday afternoon, when a federal judge declared the state's ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional.