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Photos from historic day: Yo Gay’s You Can Marry in Pennsylvania Now – Mark Segal Gets Sworn In To Process Licenses

What a whirlwind 24 hrs. It was an emotional day, a joyous day, I felt validated as a gay man because as I tweeted yesterday it was less than 30 years ago that being gay was designated as a mental illness;

 

it was one of the happiest days of my life, not only because I can marry my partner of 20 years, Mike Toub, but maybe lives will be saved. Kids won’t kill themselves because being gay is stigmatized or their families disown them, friends turn their backs on them, perhaps bullying will be water downed just a little bit because the government says gays deserve rights too, like the right to marry.  Lives will be saved.

 I ran over to City Hall as soon as I could to capture the joyous moments, like Lindsay and Ashley. FIVE years ago they met at Sisters, and have been together ever since. On Friday Lindsay Vandermay was scheduled to be at City Hall to changed her name to incorporate Ashley Wilson’s name, now they’re scheduled to get married and do the name change.

 Mark Segal and Jason Villmez sign up for their marriage license. Mark was headed to City Hall to be sworn in to issue marriage licenses, and in the cab over they both said hey why don’t we get married. Makes sense, the duo have been together for 10 years. In the background is L-R Guy Sabelli, Marriage License Supervisor, Councilman James Kenney, Register of Wills Ron Donatucci and sitting Justin Graham, who’s mom posted this on my FB page after I posted this shot.
Carol Cascio Graham So proud of my son getting to be part of this historic day-way to go, Justin!
 12 female couples and 7 male couples signed up for licenses’ during the 3 hr window of opportunity. 

Today the office opened early, and will remain opened late to accept more applications.
 #SELFIE
 Ron Donatucci congratulating a couple
Mark Segal calls for the next couple to register
 Tim Adams co-workers at Field House made this T-Shirt for him

 Angela Giampolo, Esq.

 The Rally at City Hall
 to celebrate
 Rabbi Maderer,Rodeph Shalom,  Chip and Henry (They’ve married about three times in different states. Celebrating over 20 years together.)
ACLU in the house, Paul Steinke, Tim Adams
Mike Toub and HughE Dillon – Met 7/16/94 and will be married in 2014