Pennsylvania gay couples seek marriage as county defies ban

11:41 AM, Jul 24, 2013   |    comments
Alicia Terrizzi (left) and her partner Loreen Bloodgood (right). Photo courtesy Brad Segall, CBS Philly
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NORRISTOWN, Pa. (AP) - Two women have been married in a religious ceremony Tuesday near Philadelphia after getting a same-sex license from county officials 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 Montgomery County officials.

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 Tuesday 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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