It was a historic day in Philadelphia yesterday, after Judge John Jones III (I’ll never get tired of typing that name) ruled that Pennsylvania’s ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional.
It’s no surprise the monumental occasion was met with equally monumental celebrations. Starting at 5 p.m. LGBTers and allies alike gathered at City Hall to welcome the good news. Rainbow flags were waving, the Philadelphia Gay Men’s Chorus and Philadelphia Freedom Band were making sweet music, and some couples were even milling about the crowd showing off their newly acquired marriage certificates. You could cut the joy in the air with a knife — preferably a knife used to cut wedding cakes.
Later, as you can imagine, the Gayborhood was popping with revelers. I walked past Woody’s just in time to see one couple get engaged. Wedding songs were being played and sung at the just-opened Tavern on Camac. U Bar was so full there were men hanging out the windows. It was a beautiful, celebratory night that I felt so blessed to be a part of. I snapped some photos of my meanderings, which you can see in the slideshow below. Happy, happy marriage equality, Pennsylvania!
Catherine Connelly and Lauren Devenney
Marianne brought a big ol' flag.
City Councilman Jim Kenney gets in the spirit
Chris Houston (no relation to Whitney, but he says he "used to think she may be my aunt.")
Gloria Moleon and Laurie Fitzpatrick got a license. They're getting married Friday.
Equality PA volunteer Jackie Reyes
HughE Dillon and his partner Mike plan to get married in July, the month of their 20-year anniversary!
Penn 6 co-owner Tim Adams had people in the crowd sign his equality t-shirt.
Bella, Nikki Lopéz, and Jesse.
Philadelphia Freedom Band
GO! Athletes Executive Director Anna Aagenes and Philly State Rep. Brian Sims.
Had to slip in this one with me and Alexander Kacala with Brian Sims, too. (Photo by Anna Aagenes)
Democratic gubernatorial candidate Katie McGinty
Tracy Kapp and Ariel McAnulty got fake married in September but plan to make it official.
Philly Black Gay Pride Vice President D'Ontace Keyes.
Di the Comedian and her partner Joy, who you can watch now on season 12 of Hell's Kitchen.
LGBT Equality Summit founder Wendy Forbes and Magee Rehabilitation Hospital's Meg Rider
Philly Gay News photographer Scott A. Drake
Paul Steinke, general manager of Reading Terminal Market, and future City Council candidate. If he wins, he will be the first openly gay man to sit on City Council.
Stimulus Philly's Amber Hikes (center) and friends.
At Woody's: Lisa and Angel literally got engaged at two minutes before this picture was taken.
Queertimes.net's James Duggan and Thom Cardwell.
Wedding songs at Tavern on Camac.
Josh Schonewolf and his partner, Danny.
At Valanni: Attorney Angela Giampolo and Kristina Furia in the background, Jeb Rehmann and Jonathan Bowman in the foreground.