By Jim Melwert

NORRISTOWN, Pa. (CBS) —  A proud day for new Montgomery County Common Pleas Court Judge Daniel Clifford at his ceremonial swearing-in, where he celebrates being the first LGBT candidate outside of Philadelphia to win a county-wide election in Pennsylvania.

Judge Daniel Clifford calls his husband, Jonathan Weingold, a trailblazer; back in the early 90s, the two were often the only gay couple attending Bar Association events.

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“To be the only gay couple in the audience of particularly conservative lawyers, it was difficult, but we’re that in the end it all turned out well,” Clifford said.

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Clifford notes how much things have changed, calling Montgomery County Register of Wills D. Bruce Hanes’ decision to begin issuing same-sex marriage licences quote, “the shot heard round the world.”also crediting the Supreme Court decision for swaying public opinion:

He also credits the Supreme Court decision for swaying public opinion. “It was almost like it was a positive to be out and I was embraced by everyone throughout the process this last time,” he said.

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As for any concerns that he comes to the bench with an agenda, he says his push through his career has been to make the system more user-friendly.