PITTSBURGH Mayor Bill Peduto will officiate his first wedding today — more precisely, weddings. Not one for half-measures, the mayor will marry 20 couples in a celebration of marriage equality now that gay marriage is permitted in Pennsylvania. The civil ceremony will be held at 11 a.m. in the Council Chambers of the City-County Building. While the ceremony is by invitation only because of space limitations, the mayor and the same-sex couples will join the Delta Foundation of Pittsburgh’s Pride March at noon, the route of which will lead the group to their reception hosted by the Fairmont Pittsburgh. Congratulations to all.
FAIRY-TALE LORE holds that if you kiss a frog, he turns into a prince. Fairy tales are silent on the subject of toads, but this romantic theory could be put to the test in Philadelphia, which seems to have more toads than you could shake a Flyers hockey stick at. Why, in Philadelphia, they even have a Toad Detour for motorists. According to an Associated Press story, the Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education set up a roadblock last week in the Roxborough neighborhood, as it does each year, so that hundreds of toads can safely cross a two-lane street in order to mate in a nearby reservoir. Philadelphia, City of Amphibian Love.
AMERICA, you got to love it, so let us salute our grand old flag. Still, did government workers on Friday have to observe Flag Day when the rest of us had to go to work? In Allegheny County, Flag Day, which actually was Saturday, was celebrated by some public employees with their patriotic non-attendance. The Court of Common Pleas, the district attorney’s office, the treasurer’s office, the Elections Division, the Department of Court Records and parts of the sheriff’s office were closed. But departments and offices reporting to the county executive were open. Fortunately for lovers, especially those contemplating foreign honeymoons, the marriage license and passport offices had normal business hours.