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Sellersville Couple Gets County's First Same-Sex Marriage License

Annette Armstrong and Jean Cramer received a marriage license Wednesday.

Two Sellersville woman were the first same-sex couple to obtain a marriage license in Bucks County Wednesday.

The Courier Times reports Annette Armstrong and Jean Cramer received the first same-sex marriage license from county officials. The couple arrived at the courthouse before it opened with their two daughters. 

Bucks County began issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples after a Tuesday ruling that the state's same-sex marriage ban was unconstitutional.  “We are a better people than what these laws represent, and it is time to discard them into the ash heap of history," U.S. District Judge John E. Jones III wrote in his decision.

Since 1996, Pennsylvania has had a statute on the books defining marriage as being between "one man and one woman." The state also banned the recognition of same-sex marriages performed in other jurisdictions.

Pennsylvania is the 10th such state ban ruled unconstitutional by a federal judge in the past year. 

 

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