Montgomery County, Pa., Registrar of Wills D. Bruce Hanes has opted to appeal a ruling that last month stopped him from issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples. Hanes issued 174 marriage licenses to same-sex couples from late July through the Sept. 12 ruling, spurring a lawsuit from Gov. Tom Corbett and the state Department of Health. Several separate lawsuits are challenging the state's ban on marriage equality in light of the U.S. Supreme Court's June ruling against the Defense of Marriage Act.

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