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Update: PA lesbian couple marries in Montgomery County

Written by The Associated Press | Jul 24, 2013 10:32 AM
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(Norristown) -- Two women have been married in a religious ceremony in Montgomery County after getting a same-sex license from the county that's defying a state ban.

Alicia Terrizzi says she and Loreen Bloodgood didn't set out to be pioneers, but simply want to take advantage of the opportunity offered by the county..

The 45-year-old Terrizzi and 40-year-old Bloodgood live in Pottstown with their two sons.

Montgomery County officials say they issued marriage licenses to two gay couples this morning, a day after signaling their willingness to do so.

In other states with same-sex marriage bans, licenses issued by defiant local officials have been voided by courts.

County Commission Chairman Josh Shapiro says marriage equality will come to Pennsylvania. He says it's just a question of how long it will take.

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The story below was posted at 10:32 a.m. 7/24/13

(Norristown) -- Montgomery County is issuing marriage licenses to a pair of gay couples, despite a state law banning such unions.

A county official says the two female couples applied for the licenses today. The suburban county is the state's third most populous.

The developments come a day after Register of Wills D. Bruce Hanes said he would grant licenses to gay couples because he wants to come down ``on the right side of history and the law.''

Attorneys with the American Civil Liberties Union of Pennsylvania caution that courts could invalidate the marriages. The group has a separate lawsuit pending to challenge the state law.

Pennsylvania is the only northeastern state without same-sex marriages or civil unions.

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