Ceremony On Art Museum Steps Kicks Off First Day Of Same-Sex Weddings In Pa.
By Tim Jimenez
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – The three-day waiting period is over in Pennsylvania and same-sex couples can now get married in the state. One Fairmount couple didn’t wait too long to exchange vows. They became the first to marry in the city of Philadelphia, at midnight on the steps of the Art Museum.
Surrounded by family and friends, Lindsay Vandermay and Ashley Wilson, together for five years, were pronounced wife and wife.
“It’s official by the state of Pennsylvania! We are very excited and honored and overwhelmed,” Lindsay says.
The couple rushed to City Hall to get a marriage license on Tuesday and Ashley says they didn’t want to waste a minute.
“To be able to do this the moment we possibly could is something we will tell our families for years to come. And we’ll kick off this day that I think is going to be an incredible day for so many couples out there.”
The original plan before Tuesday’s ruling was to marry in Delaware next month and celebrate with loved ones in the Outer Banks.
But, Lindsay says there’s no place like home, “Philadelphia is our city. And the fact that Philadelphia has opened our arms to us and so many other gay and lesbian men and women out there, I mean this is for everybody, so congratulations.”
But there’s one more step for Lindsay. A stop at City Hall for a name change, “and I will be Lindsay Wilson.”