By Cherri Gregg
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Courthouses in our area have seen an uptick in their issuance of marriage licenses since a federal court cleared the way for same sex marriage in Pennsylvania (see related story). And today is the first day same sex couples can actually get married in the Commonwealth.
By Wednesday Philadelphia had issued more than 85 marriage licenses to same sex couples, with Bucks County at 20 and Delaware County issuing about 11.
“It’s a positive experience for all of us,” says Caren Burger an attorney works for the Orphans Court in Philadelphia City Hall, which signs off on the licenses. She says to get a license couples need be present with a photo ID and another valid form documentation.
“There is a fee of $80, which must be paid by cash or money order,” she says.
Burger says the process takes roughly 15 minutes, but there there is a three calendar day waiting period in Bucks, Delaware and Philadelphia Counties. In Chester– the wait is also three days, but licenses issued on Wednesday, Thursday or Friday are not valid until Monday. No licenses are being issued in Montgomery County, thanks to a court order barring Register of Wills Bruce Hanes from issuing them (see related story). The county has filed an emergency petition asking that the order be lifted.
“We will begin issuing the licenses as soon as the court says that we can,” says Frank Custer, Montgomery County spokesman.
For couples who received their licenses on Tuesday, they can get hitched today. Judges will be on hand in the Mayor’s Reception Room in Philadelphia City Hall from noon to 2 p.m. today and from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday.
Follow the links below to get more information on how to get a marriage license in each county: