August 7, 2013 | by Michael K. Lavers
Pennsylvania mayor marries gay couple
Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh, Mayor John Fetterman, John Kandray, Bill Gray, Gay News, Washington Blade

Suburban Pittsburgh Mayor John Fetterman married a same-sex couple despite the state’s ban. (Screen capture)

BRADDOCK, Pa.—A mayor on Aug. 5 performed Alleghany County’s first same-sex marriage.

The Pittsburgh television station KDKA reported that Braddock Mayor John Fetterman married John Kandray and Bill Gray, who have been together for 11 years, at his home. Fetterman told KDKA he decided to marry the men after officials in Montgomery County outside Philadelphia had begun issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

The American Civil Liberties Union last month filed a lawsuit challenging Pennsylvania’s statutory ban on nuptials for gays and lesbians.

Attorney General Kathleen Kane has announced she will not defend the ban. Gov. Tom Corbett said on July 30 — the same day the Pennsylvania Department of Health filed a lawsuit against Montgomery County Clerk of Wills D. Bruce Hanes to stop him from issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples — he would defend the statutory prohibition in court.

“I just think it’s time people in Pennsylvania say, Mr. Corbett, you know, tear down this law,” Fetterman told KDKA. “DOMA is a fundamentally unjust piece of legislation.”

Michael K. Lavers has been a staff writer for the Washington Blade since May 2012. The passage of Maryland's same-sex marriage law, the HIV/AIDS epidemic, the burgeoning LGBT rights movement in Latin America and the consecration of gay New Hampshire Bishop V. Gene Robinson are among the many stories he has covered since his career began in 2002. Follow Michael

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