McMonagle opposes same-sex marriage and led a protest on the courthouse steps after the Sept. 4 hearing in Harrisburg.
Pellegrini is weighing the Corbett administration's request to compel Montgomery County Register of Wills D. Bruce Hanes to stop issuing licenses to gay and lesbian couples in violation of a state law.
Bill Caldwell, a Norristown municipal councilman who married his partner in July, said he thought the judge's deliberations were a good sign.
"That in itself is kind of a victory," Caldwell said. "Had he been intending to stop Hanes from issuing more licenses, he would have done it right then."
Julia Swain, a lawyer with Fox Rothschild in Philadelphia who has been following the case, also thought that a decision would be quicker. "Judge Pellegrini was pretty clear that he was going to make a quick decision," she said. "To me, quick would have been by now."
Robert Heim, the lead attorney for same-sex couples seeking to intervene in the case, was more cautious: "There isn't a lot of law out there on this situation, and the law that exists is pretty old. So I'm sure he is looking carefully at this."
Mark Aronchick, colead counsel in an unrelated federal lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the state's ban on same-sex marriage, said he didn't see any delay.
Aronchick said Pellegrini was dealing with "a set of knotty, procedural, preliminary issues" that could set precedent for a wide variety of future cases involving public officials and democratic actions.
"Judges act - and must act - independently of how fast or slow other people think they should," he said.
Since the hearing, 10 new marriage licenses were issued to gay and lesbian couples, bringing the total to 174. McMonagle sees that as reason enough for an expedited decision. Any more delay, he said, "has very real ramifications."
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