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Pennsylvania Sees Same-Sex Marriages Despite Ban

Flag_of_Pennsylvania.svgAlicia Terrizzi and Loreen Bloodgood have been together for seventeen years, and now they are married. The Pennsylvania couple took the opportunity that was being offered up by Mongomery County officials to get married. Terrizzi stated “We’ve been waiting a long time for this. We’re not setting out to be pioneers. We don’t think our family is any different than anybody else.”

They had a religious ceremony after the town hall marriage.

The couple’s two sons were on hand for the wedding.

Pennsylvania is the last of the northeastern states to not allow same-sex marriage or civil unions. The ban in that state is being challenged by the ACLU, which filed suit earlier this month in federal court to have the ban struck down.

The chairman of the Montgomery County Commission made the prediction that marriage equality will soon come to Pennsylvania. Josh Shapiro stated “It’s a question of how long it will take, and what will be the legal process to achieve it. But we know we will be a part of that.”

Montgomery County is the third most populous in the state.

Yesterday, Register of Wills D. Bruce Hanes stated that he would begin granting same-sex couples marriage licences because he wanted to be “on the right side of history and the law.” Two couples filed for marriage licenses. The other couple were Sasha Ester Ballen and Diana Lynn Spagnuolo.

Terrizzi and Bloodgood were married by Reverend Craig Andrussier, a nondenominational minister certified to perform marriages. He stated that “I feel great. I feel honored.”

The push to overturn same-sex marriage bans across the United States comes in the wake of the overturning of Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act and the ruling that California’s Prop 8 is unconstitutional.



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