Alicia Terrizzi and Loreen Bloodgood were married this morning in a religious ceremony, the AP reports:
“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.
Margaret Gibbons at PhillyBurbs adds:
“I think we feel equal for once,” said Bloodgood. “We feel the same as anybody else. It’s a great feeling, almost indescribable.”
“We have been a family for 18 years,” said Terrizzi, overcome by tears and emotion. “We are no different than anyone else and finally that is recognized.”
As soon as the couple left the Register of Wills Office in Norristown, they were headed to an undisclosed location to be married and then they and their two boys, who had accompanied them, will be off to vacation.
“We had no plans on doing this yesterday, had no idea we would be able to but we wanted to take advantage of the opportunity we have been given,” said Terrizzi.
“There’s a part of me that believed we needed this validation and it’s kind of a shame to feel that way, but that is one of the first things that went through my mind,” said Bloodgood.
“We believe in marriage, not only for ourselves and the love that we have but we also think that it is really important to show to our children that we are a family and we are just like their friends who have moms and dads…,” she said. “We wanted to do this because we believe that it is a great example to set for them in standing up for what you believe.”
Gibbons also tweeted the image of the happy couple, above.
The Governor of Pennsylvania, Republican Tom Corbett, has until the beginning of next month to announce if he will defend the state’s ban in court.