Fast facts on marriage equality in Pennsylvania

Fast facts on marriage equality in Pennsylvania

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• Philadelphia Register of Wills Ronald Donatucci issued 18 licenses Tuesday evening, and 20 more from 8-9:30 a. m. Wednesday. • Philadelphia Commission on Human Relations director Rue Landau and partner Kerry Smith were the first to obtain a marriage license in Philadelphia, and are believed to be the first in the state. • There is a three-day waiting period after applying for a marriage license. • Pennsylvania is the only state with marriage equality that lacks basic nondiscrimination protections based on sexual orientation. Two other marriage states lack gender-identity protections. • Montgomery County Register of Wills D. Bruce Hanes is now the only county clerk in the state actually prevented from issuing licenses to same-sex couples; he was sued by the state after issuing such licenses last summer and ordered by a judge to cease. • Pennsylvania’s ban on same-sex marriage was in place for 17 years, seven months and 12 days.

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