Pa. DoH files brief on gay marriage case in Montgomery Co.

Published: 6:08 PM EDT Aug 13, 2013   Updated: 7:01 PM EDT Aug 13, 2013

Governor Tom Corbett's administration has taken another step in the legal fight over gay marriage in Pennsylvania.

The state health department has filed a brief detailing its claim against Montgomery County Register of Wills D. Bruce Hanes.

Lawyers say Hanes' decision to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples risks causing "serious and limitless harm" in Pennsylvania and elsewhere.

The lawyers say it's Hanes' duty to follow a state law that essentially bans gay marriage.

Hanes started issuing licenses after state attorney General, and fellow Democrat, Kathleen Kane said she wouldn't defend the law.