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Pennsylvania lesbian couple weds as Montgomery County defies state's gay-marriage ban

BY MARYCLAIRE DALE, ASSOCIATED PRESS

Montgomery County NORRISTOWN, Pa. -- Two women were wed in a religious ceremony Wednesday morning after getting a marriage license from county officials who defied a Pennsylvania law banning same-sex unions.

Alicia Terrizzi, 45, said that she and Loreen Bloodgood have been together for 17 years and wanted to take the opportunity offered by Montgomery County officials.

"We've been waiting a long time for this," Terrizzi said. "We're not setting out to be pioneers. We don't think our family is any different than anybody else."

Terrizzi, a teacher, and Bloodgood, a 40-year-old consultant, live in Pottstown with their two sons.

Montgomery County officials issued two marriage licenses to lesbian couples Wednesday morning, a day after signaling their willingness to do so.

Pennsylvania is the only northeastern state without same-sex marriages or civil unions. In other states that ban same-sex marriage, licenses issued by defiant local officials have later been overturned by courts and the unions voided.

The Pennsylvania ban is being challenged by an ACLU lawsuit filed this month in federal court.

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Go Ladies! Although you did not intend to be the pioneers of this moving you are and your community Thanks You both!!!!!

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