Controversial Montco Official is Mustached American of the Year

Tuesday, Nov 5, 2013  |  Updated 8:38 AM EDT
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D. Bruce Hanes Awarded for 'Stache

Montgomery County Register of Wills D. Bruce Haines

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The coveted Robert Goulet Memorial Mustached American of the Year award is being shared for 2013.

The tongue-in-cheek American Mustache Institute says Montgomery County, Pa., Register of Wills D. Bruce Hanes and St. Louis woodworker David Stine are co-winners. Each received 24 percent of nearly 1.5 million votes cast. The duo beat out better-known men with hairy upper lips, including fictional newsman Ron Burgundy.

Hanes, who's best known for his decision to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples despite a state ban, says he is proud to live in a country where he has the same rights as clean-shaven folks.

Stine builds tables and wooden furniture from sustainably harvested trees on his family's 1,000-acre property. He calls the Goulet award a "pinnacle moment" in his life.

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