U.S. District Judge John Jones just majorly changed the lives of many Pennsylvania residents this afternoon—not to mention the Philly wedding industry: Gay marriage is now legal in Pennsylvania!
Our buds at G Philly talked to the ACLU, who filed the case on behalf of two dozen Pennsylvanians either fighting to get married in this state, or to have this state recognize their out-of-state-sanctioned marriages:
So what happens next? I talked to ACLU Staff Attorney Molly Tack-Hooper, who tells me that Judge Jones' decision to bypass a stay means that same-sex couples in the state of Pennsylvania can apply for same-sex marriage licenses immediately. The Commonwealth could still request a stay, but up until this point it hasn't made any indication that it will do so.
I'd say there are a whole lotta wedding vendors in this town who are about to get even busier. We cannot wait to see these weddings!