The mayor of Braddock said he is in high demand since performing Allegheny County’s first gay marriage last week.
So far, John Fetterman said he has married several same-sex couples inside his home.
Fetterman has been performing the ceremonies after a clerk in Montgomery County began issuing marriage licenses to gay and lesbian couples last month.
“As of right now I’ve officiated five same-sex weddings. In fact, we had another one in my home last evening,” Fetterman said.
Couples from across the state have traveled to Montgomery County to get their licenses.
“To me, it symbolizes equal protection under the law, which is the concept that underpins our entire legal system,” Fetterman said. “I just don’t believe one person should be denied a right just bases on who they love.”
Elizabeth Pantalone and Holly Fromlak, of Pittsburgh, were married by Fetterman Monday night.
Pantalone said they considered getting married in another state before, but didn't want the marriage to be void in Pennsylvania -- though the state remains one of 35 banning same-sex marriage, despite Fetterman's actions.
The Montgomery County clerk is being sued by Gov. Tom Corbett’s office and the ACLU is challenging Pennsylvania’s gay marriage ban.