Pennsylvania Issues First Gay Marriage License

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Loreen Bloodgood and Alicia Terrizzi became Pennsylvania’s first same-sex couple to be issued a marriage license. They were one of five gay couples to receive marriage licenses, after officials of Montgomery County, earlier this week, made a promise to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples who showed up at the Register of Wills, although a 1996 state law still bans gays and lesbians from marrying

D. Bruce Haynes, Montgomery county’s register of Wills, followed through on his promise yesterday, and said that he decided to come down on the right side of history and the law. Terrizzi said, “We’re no different than anybody elsefinally it’s recognized. It doesn’t make any difference to us. Nothing is going to change, but now we’re going to have a piece of paper so everybody else recognizes.”

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In a Facebook post yesterday, Terrizzi said, “I have to say, we are completely overwhelmed by the amazing day we have had today! Not only did I marry my best friend and life-partner, but the amazing show of support that we have received from family, friends and complete strangers is absolutely astounding!! Thank you all so much!!”

Marcus Saitschenko, 52, of Philadelphia, who showed up at the courthouse with his partner of 22 years, James Goldstein said, “Today I feel like a full citizen, we’re just hoping that the state will recognize it.” Currently, the ACLU is challenging Pennsylvania’s ban on gay and lesbian marriage. [WP]


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