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.
Today the office opened early, and will remain opened late to accept more applications.