Same-sex couples apply for marriage licenses in Pa.


MERCER, Pa. (WKBN) — Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett said he will not appeal a federal judge’s ruling that struck down the state’s gay marriage ban.

The ruling was issued on Tuesday.

On Wednesday, phones were ringing, and one couple came into the Mercer County Courthouse, to start the process of getting a marriage license. Clerk of Courts Kathy Kloos said there were a couple minor hiccups with paperwork and software, but they are now able to accommodate all couples.

There’s just one issue: Paperwork still labels couples as “bride” and “groom.”

There’s still a three-day waiting period to actually get the license and all other state laws and policies still apply.

“Both parties must present themselves at the time of application. It’s $45 cash or money order. There’s a three-day waiting period. After that three days, the license to marry is issued and it’s good for 60 days in Pennsylvania,” Kloos said.

The couple who applied Wednesday in Mercer County, Matthew Barbour and Jason Roberts, will get their marriage license Tuesday since Monday is the holiday. They already have scheduled a date with the district magistrate to get married on June 2.

“It’s great to be part of history and I feel really lucky to have this opportunity. But at the same time, it’s not a crusade. It’s just our life,” Barbour said.

“By the time the grandkids come around, it will sound really silly that we had to go through all this,” Roberts said. “We were already engaged and planned to be married, but when we talked about it we thought maybe we’ll never in our lives actually live in a state that recognized our marriage.”

Kloos expects this ruling to open the gates to same-sex couples in Ohio, and other states, to come into Pennsylvania to be married.

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