MILFORD – Governor Corbett announced Wednesday that he will not appeal the federal judge’s ruling that struck down Pennsylvania’s same-sex marriage ban.
That means same-sex couples across the Commonwealth can apply for marriage licenses.
A total of 4 same-sex couples filled out applications for marriage licences at the Pike County Courthouse.
That’s four more than ever before and it has a lot of people who’ve been waiting for this day extremely happy and looking forward to saying “I do.”
To some people, a marriage license might be just a piece of paper. But to Cary Giacalone and Kris Jarmann, together 14 years, it means they can legally marry at home in Pennsylvania.
“I was like a little kid yesterday running around when I found out we can do it in the state we consider our home,” said Giacalone.
The couple from the Milford area was only the second to come by the Pike County Courthouse the first day they legally could marry in the Commonwealth. A federal judge’s historic ruling means the two don’t have to marry in New York next month like they planned.
“It was more moving than it was when we went to New York. It’s more exciting,” said Jarmann. “This for some reason just seems completely different, very special.”
As of last year, Pike County had the highest concentration of same-sex couples in the entire state. Now that same-sex marriage is legal in PA, supporters said it’s not only good for those couples, it’s good for businesses that cater to people getting married.
“The really exciting thing for us is for the hotel and for Milford, because we know we’ve been losing business to other states, to New York because people who couldn’t get married here,” said Sean Strub, owner of Hotel Fauchere.
Strub and his partner were the first same-sex couple to get a marriage license in Pike County.
For the couple, and the business that can now book same-sex weddings, it’s an exciting time.
“Mostly jubilation and relief and that it’s finally here and we can catch up with a lot of the rest of the world.”
Already, the Hotel Fauchere has a same-sex couple who planned to get married in New York making plans to bring the wedding to Milford, PA.