Pennsylvania officials are asking a court to stop a rogue county from issuing marriage licenses to gay couples.

The state Health Department filed a lawsuit Tuesday in Commonwealth Court against D. Bruce Hanes. He oversees the granting of marriage licenses in Montgomery County, just outside Philadelphia.

The lawsuit asks the court to prevent Hanes from giving them to same-sex couples because it violates state law.

Mr. Hanes, as the Register of Wills in Montgomery County, is required to follow the rule of law, regardless of his feelings about it. Registers of Wills in other counties across the state have now banded together and signed a resolution declaring that they will not show disregard to the law like Mr. Hanes.