Hot off the presses from Mayor Bill Peduto's office, an invitation for LGBT couples to take part in the first -ever wedding ceremony prepared by the relatively new mayor. Same-sex marriage came to be in Pennsylvania last week thanks to a ruling from U.S. District Judge John Jones.
The following is the official announcement of the ceremony — which will happen June 15 during Pittsburgh PrideFest — from Peduto's office:
Mayor William Peduto announced today that he will officiate a group marriage ceremony in mid-June for LGBT couples given marriage rights by a federal court decision last week.
The Mayor will officiate the ceremony in Triangle Park, adjacent to the Fairmont Pittsburgh, during Pittsburgh PrideFest activities on June 15. Following the 2 p.m. ceremony, Fairmont Pittsburgh will host a cocktail and hors d’oeuvre reception for couples, their families and friends in the hotel’s lobby.
“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,” Mayor Peduto said.
Several couples have already contacted the Mayor’s Office to be a part of a ceremony and space is limited to 20 couples. Those interested in participating may contact Communications Manager Tim McNulty.
On May 20 Federal Judge John E. Jones III ruled Pennsylvania’s ban on same-sex marriages to be unconstitutional. “By virtue of this ruling, same-sex couples who seek to marry in Pennsylvania may do so, and already married same-sex couples will be recognized as such in the Commonwealth,” the judge wrote.
Couples were able to start applying for marriage licenses last week, many of which could be picked up starting today at the Allegheny County Marriage License Bureau. Gov. Tom Corbett has announced he will not appeal the judge’s decision.