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Pittsburgh-area Mayor Officiates Gay Couple’s Wedding

Jim Burroway

August 6th, 2013

John Kandray (Left) and Bill Gray (right)

Two weeks ago, the Clerk Bruce Hanes of suburban Philadelphia’s Montgomery County began issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples. Pennsylvania’s Health Department is suing to halt those marriages. Now the mayor of the Pittsburgh-area suburb of Braddock, Mayor John Fetterman, has joined the fray by marring a same-sex couple who obtained one of those Montgomery County licenses. John Kandray and Bill Gray were married last night after eleven years together:

“I just think it’s time people in Pennsylvania say, Mr. Corbett, you know, tear down this law,” Fetterman said. “DOMA is a fundamentally unjust piece of legislation.”

“We pay the same taxes, we do everything the same, but we don’t have the same rights,” Kandray said.

“It felt like, you know what, let’s stand up for ourselves and do this,” he added.

The ACLU is currently challenging the state’s 1996 law banning same-sex marriage in Federal Court. Pennsylvania does not have a constitutional ban on marriage equality.

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