Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto will officiate marriages for up to 20 same-sex couples on June 15 in light of a federal court decision last week that struck down a gay marriage ban in the state.
Last Tuesday, U.S. District Judge John E. Jones III issued an opinion striking down the state’s 18-year-old Defense of Marriage Act, opening the door for same-sex couples to apply for marriage licenses and compelling the state to recognize same-sex marriages from other jurisdictions.
In the wake of the ruling, Mr. Peduto said he wanted the first marriage he officiated to be one for a same-sex couples. Now, he’s opening up a ceremony to 20 couples, whose marriages he will officiate in Triangle Park Downtown, between Fifth and Liberty avenues and adjacent to the Fairmont Hotel. Following a 2 p.m. ceremony, the hotel will host a reception. It will occur in the midst of PrideFest activities.
“I said last week I would be thrilled to make the marriage of an LGBT couple the first I officiate as Mayor, and being able to share that moment with many others should make for an even more joyous celebration,” Mr. Peduto said in a news release.
Several couples already have asked for the mayor to oversee their ceremonies, but those interested in being a part of the joint ceremony are asked to contact mayoral spokesman Tim McNulty at firstname.lastname@example.org
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