City Hall is Staying Open Late So You Can Get Gay Married

Plus: We have our first Philly couple to apply for a license.

News from City Hall, in light of today’s ruling striking down gay marriage:

And it appears we already have a first Philadelphia couple ready to claim a license:

Here’s where you go if you’re applying for a license:

Marriage License Bureau
Room 180 413 City Hall
Philadelphia, PA 19107
(215) 686-2233

And here are the instructions for obtaining a marriage license in Philadelphia:


1. The fee for a marriage license is $80.00*, payable by cash or money order. Checks and credit cards are NOT accepted.
2. Both applicants must appear together in Room 413 City Hall to apply for the marriage license.
3. The marriage license will issue on the third day following application and is valid for only sixty (60) days from the issue date that appears on the license. If the license is not used within the 60 day period, the marriage license must be returned and the application process must be repeated in its entirety and the fee re-paid.
4. The marriage license can be used in any county in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania; however, a PA license cannot be used out-of-state.
5. Applicants must produce the following identification: a CURRENT, VALID PHOTO I.D. in the form of either a driver’s license; non-driver’s license; international driver’s license; passport; military I.D.; resident alien card or consulate card AND a Social Security card or any other form of I.D. issued by an official entity which reflects the applicant’s Social Security number (i.e. Social Security printout; pay stub; W-2 form; income tax return; prescription card; access card etc.). If an applicant does NOT possess a Social Security number he/she must produce a Secondary I.D. in the form of a birth certificate (officially translated, if appropriate); or any other form of I.D. issued by an official entity, in addition to the above-noted current, valid photo I.D. NO APPLICATIONS WILL BE TAKEN WITHOUT THESE DOCUMENTS.
6. If either applicant was previously married, proof of dissolution of the latest marriage must be submitted at the time of application. A widowed applicant must submit a certified copy of the death certificate of the deceased spouse. A divorced applicant must provide a certified copy of the most recent divorce decree. If either of the foregoing documents is not written in English it must be translated to English and the translation must be certified to be correct.
7. If an applicant has had a legal name change the certified decree of the court ordering this change must be presented at the time of application.
8. If either of the applicants is a MINOR between the ages of sixteen and seventeen, the minor’s parent or legal guardian must appear at the time the application is made. If the minor is fifteen years of age or younger, the Court must authorize the issuance of the license. The parent/ guardian must prove his/her relationship to the minor by submitting current, valid photo I.D. If the parent/ guardian resides outside this jurisdiction, the office will supply the necessary consent form at an *additional fee of $10.00 per minor.
9. The Marriage License Bureau is open Monday through Friday from 8:00 A.M. until 4:00 P.M. Wednesday hours are from 8:30 A.M. until 7:30 P.M. Please schedule your arrival no later than one-half hour before closing time to allow for processing.
* ADDITIONAL FEES: Quaker/ Self-Uniting License $90.00
Lost License $10.00
11. If either applicant cannot speak or understand English, he/ she must be accompanied by a translator who possesses current, valid photo I.D.

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  • Daniel Douglass

    Yay!… but your headline is kind of offensive.
    It should read: “City Hall is staying open late so you can get married.”

    There is no gay married. You’re either married or you’re not married.

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  • You go to Orphan’s Court room 413, not 180. It even says that in the instructions you copied and pasted.

    • This is correct. Also, in case anyone wants a self-uniting (“Quaker”) license, it’s $90 total ($10 additional), not $90 additional.

  • David Hellstrom

    Your headline needs to read your own disclaimer phillymag.
    “Be respectful of our online community…”

    • This gay is telling you to chill. Don’t ruin today for me.

      • David Hellstrom

        You can tell me whatever you want. *I* will make my own decisions on what I like and what I do not.

        • Well good for you!! *golf clap* It matters to me not.

          • David Hellstrom

            If it doesn’t matter to you then why did you bother responding?

  • Constance Parten

    I love the headline. It’s very funny and very tongue-in-cheek. Well done!

  • Karrie

    Must revise the title! “Gay married” isn’t a term. You can get married – that’s it.

  • Joel Mathis

    Hi folks:

    It’s Joel Mathis, the person who wrote the headline. I confess to being boneheaded sometimes, but I’d like you to know three things I thought and felt when writing the headline:

    • It was meant to be celebratory. I am happy and moved by today’s ruling.

    • In context, at least, “gay” made sense as a modifier to “married”: City Hall wasn’t staying open late for “marriage.” It was staying open late specifically for a new population of folks who finally — but suddenly! — had their rights recognized.

    • By the same token: I hear and agree that marriage is marriage is marriage, state law-wise. Going forward, my headlines and writing will likely reflect that. But today, and tomorrow, the fact that gays and lesbians can get married with full state recognition is a new (and thus somewhat novel) thing. The language (which admittedly was somewhat cavalier) was meant to reflect that state of things.

    I won’t offer a mealy-mouthed “to anyone who was offended” apology. I also won’t change the headline — though other editors may at a later date — not least because the horse is out of the barn.

    But I hear you. In a few days, it won’t be news that gays and lesbians are getting married. Today it was. The headline tried to reflect that, and celebrate that.

    Thanks for listening, J

    • Joel it’s just some lame liberal arts students with massive student loan debt looking for a tiny self esteem boost hoping to yell “Check your privilege!!!” Your headline is fine.

      • Teresa Rothaar

        Well, that explains it. I’m a STEM undergrad/MBA with massive student loan debt, and that is why the headline did not offend me. =) I thought it was hilarious, and shared it with a gay friend who likewise found it humorous.

        • Actuary science. 7 years in at BDO or Dellloite and you can pay that down quick while you lose your soul to BusinessObjects and Excel.

    • Teresa Rothaar

      I understood that it was tongue-in-cheek, and I also took it as a humorous dig at the social conservatives who are going absolutely bats*** over this.

    • barrygster

      They aren’t staying open late for gays to get married. These are their normal hours on Wednesdays and you got the room wrong.

    • jack praul

      Thanks Joel. I personally was not offended. I think your answer should be enough. It was a tremendous day for Gay Folks. It should be celebrated as a Gay Day. What the hell are Gay Pride Parades for if not for days like this.

  • Gmarriage

    Why do the gays need photo ID to get gmarried?

    I’ve heard that requiring photo ID is racist.

  • rebecca

    as a married gay who hears gays say [*] “gay married” all the time, i thought the title implied the headline-writer was gay too and in on the celebration.

    [*] now say this five times fast

  • Karrie

    Then just say “City hall is staying open late so gay people can get married!”

  • SeanOB

    Marry your mate, even late.