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8 Gay Couples Married at Philadelphia City Hall

by Maryclaire Dale
Friday May 23, 2014
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Christopher DiCapua, left, and Oscar Cabrera kiss after saying their wedding vows.
Christopher DiCapua, left, and Oscar Cabrera kiss after saying their wedding vows.  (Source:AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

The first same-sex marriages are now in the history books at City Hall in Philadelphia.

Eight couples were married Friday in the mayor’s reception room, days after a federal judge lifted the state’s same-sex marriage ban.

City judges performed the ceremonies as family and friends looked on.

College Spanish teachers Oscar Cabrera and Chris DiCapua (duh-KAP’-ew-uh) say the formal recognition after 18 years together means a great deal to them.

Several of the couples say they are proud of their city for offering to host some of the weddings.

Judge Barbara McDermott says the couples exchanging vows Friday reflect the diversity of the city.

Mayor Michael Nutter is out of town, but a deputy says he plans to officiate at same-sex weddings at City Hall on Saturday.

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