By Justin Udo
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Philadelphia’s 26th annual Pride Parade took over the streets of Center City on Sunday and those who attended the festivities had a little more to celebrate than in year’s past.
A federal judge overturned Pennsylvania’s ban on same-sex marriage in May — and at Pride Day — they celebrated this momentous event with a few weddings, 15 to be exact.
“I figured this would be a great political moment and all about civil rights,” said Robert Dunbar, “and instead, it’s very emotional. I’m very moved.”
Dunbar and his now husband Chaz Hendricksen, who have been together for 15 years, exchanged vows on Independence Mall in front of dozens of on-lookers.
“It’s the most exciting day of my life and their lives,” said one woman. “I’m so happy for them and it’s the most special moment probably even more so than my wedding.”
Violette Carb and her longtime girlfriend Noelia Rivera also used the occasion to get married.
“We want to legalize our marriage,” Carb said. “We had a wedding two-and-a-half years ago and we’ve been waiting ever since then to get it legalized, and we figured this would be the perfect day to do it.
Pride Day culminated with a festival at Penn’s Landing which featured musical acts, a sports zone and an array of other events.