Last week, I reported on a loophole that prevented Montgomery County gay couples from getting married, despite the landmark overturn of Pennsylvania’s same-sex marriage ban. Luckily, that all has changed.
As of 8:30AM on Wednesday, May 28, officials in Montgomery County began issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples. A ruling on Tuesday evening lifted the court order from a year ago which banned the county Register of Wills, Bruce Hanes, from marrying gay couples after he issued over 170 licenses to same-sex couples in 2013, defying the then law.
The very talented folks over at Tara Beth Photography were on hand at City Hall on Friday to take a series of amazingly gorgeous shots from marriage ceremonies of same-sex couples. We’re luck enough to share some of the photos of the happy couples!
Gay Wedding Ceremonies at City Hall
Now it’s confirmed: Mayor Michael Nutter will be performing same-sex marriage ceremonies this Saturday, May 24, 2014 from 10AM-12PM. According to the Mayor’s Office of Communication, the lucky couples will be hitched at City Hall.
Saturday’s events coincide with the historic ruling from earlier in the week that overturned Pennsylvania’s ban on same-sex marriage.
Philadelphia Business Journal reports on another benefit to this week’s ruling expanding marriage rights in Pennsylvania:
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Over at Philly.com, John Baer all but double-dares Daryl Metcalfe to impeach Gov. Tom Corbett over Corbett’s decision not to appeal this week’s court ruling opening marriage to gays and lesbians in Pennsylvania. In fact, the whole process couldn’t have gone any better for Corbett.
Here’s the facts:
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[UPDATE: 6:25 p.m., May 23rd] And now it’s been confirmed.
[ORIGINAL] AP reports that Mayor Nutter will preside over some of Philadelphia’s first gay marriages.
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Despite Tuesday’s landmark decision to overturn Pennsylvania’s ban on same-sex marriage, Montgomery County gay couples essentially can be denied marriage licenses based on one simple factor: where they live.
Last year, the county’s Register of Wills, Bruce Hanes, issued dozens of same-sex couples marriage licenses–that is, until he was given an order to cease the issuing of the licenses. The problem is that the order is still in place, despite the ruling on Tuesday. In order for Montgomery County to issue same-sex marriage licenses, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court would need to take action; so far, they have not done so. Gay couples who live in the county and wish to be married are being sent elsewhere by government offices.
Meanwhile, in Bucks County, officials claimed that more than 20 gay couples received marriage licenses on the first full day after the ruling; the Register of Wills office had rainbow cookies and other refreshments to celebrate. This is quite a stark difference given the proximity of the two counties!
We will keep you updated as more information develops.
Hope. After President Obama’s ubiquitous 2008 campaign, the word has felt a little cheesy, a little too much like the brainchild of a marketing pro.
But it’s the only word I can use to describe how I felt on Tuesday night.
By the time I started my evening commute, I’d already heard the glorious news that U.S. District Judge John Jones III overturned Pennsylvania’s ban on same-sex marriage. After work, I detoured from my usual route to see the rally in front of City Hall. I’d expected to feel happiness and — no pun intended — a lot of pride. But then that familiar feeling of hope crept up on me. Read more »
Gay wedding bells will continue ringing in Pennsylvania, folks: Governor Tom Corbett has decided not to appeal Judge John Jones III’s decision to strike down the state’s DOMA law, which means same-sex Pennsylvanians can carry on with their wedding plans. In a statement released this afternoon he writes:
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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.
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