Pennsylvania Illegally Issues First Same-Sex Marriage License

| by Emily Smith
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Alicia Terrizzi and Lorenn Bloodgood obtained a marriage license on Wednesday in Pennsylvania and shortly after were married despite a state law banning same-sex marriage.

The couple has been together for 18 years and is raising two teenage boys. They were married in North Wales and took their vows in front of nondenominational minister Craig Andruisser, who filed the license with an expedited request.

Andruisser said he felt honored to issue the state’s first same-sex marriage license.

The County’s Registry of Wills, Bruce Hanes, granted the couple a marriage license after promising to honor an oath upholding the Pennsylvania Constitution.

“I decided to come down on the right side of history and the law,” Hanes said.

In arguing the unconstitutionality of the law banning same-sex marriage, Hanes cited the Pennsylvania Constitution as providing the right to pursue happiness, the protection from discrimination of exercising any civil right and the protection from discrimination based on gender.

Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane also agreed she would not enforce a federal challenge to the state’s law banning same-sex marriage because she believes it to be unconstitutional.

The Chair and Vice Chair of the Montgomery Board of Commissioners have supported Hanes in his decision, and he is expected to continue offering marriage licenses until legal action is taken against him.

Sources: ThinkProgress, The Morning Call