Pittsburgh Pride

Pittsburgh Mayor Plans To Officiate Mass Same-Sex Wedding During Pride Festivities


Now that the gay marriage ban has been struck down in Pennsylvania, the mayor of Pittsburgh is showing his support for marriage equality by officiating a mass same-sex wedding during that city’s 2014 pride festivities.

In a statement released on Tuesday, Pittsburgh mayor Bill Peduto shared his excitement about marriage equality in his state. In his words, he’s not only “thrilled” about the prospect of being able to perform same-sex weddings, but seems fairly eager to do as many of them as possible at once.

Peduto plans to marry multiple gay couples as a part of Pittsburgh’s PrideFest because “being able to share that moment with many others should make for an even more joyous celebration.”

Well done, Mayor Peduto.

While it may not reach the levels of Queen Latifah’s gay marriage Grammy moment, Peduto plans to marry up to 20 couples in downtown Pittsburgh on June 15th.

It will definitely be a joyous occasion for those getting married and a source of unyielding pressure for those of us that are still very, very single.




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  • Dakotahgeo

    Absolutely all the best and blessings to GLBT Pennsylvanians on their marriage days and for the rest of their lives.
    Pastor Dakotahgeo

  • Throbert McGee

    I agree with Dakotahgeo about being happy for all same-sex couples in the Quaker state.

  • Throbert McGee

    Oops, why did it post before I was finished?

    I meant to add:

    …but, I’m not so jazzed about the whole Mass Wedding concept, which seems kinda Moonie-ish on the surface. I know that the couple is “technically married” in a legal sense once the marriage license is signed and filed, and that the wedding itself is really just a ceremonial formality.

    But a mass public same-sex wedding doesn’t necessarily send the best PR message to other states that are still debating same-sex marriage.

    It kinda suggests (to the casual observer) that a lot of same-sex couples have very superficial ideas about marriage and are primarily interested in having their pictures taken in rented formalwear, and eating a piece of fancy cake, and dancing a bit. There’s a lot more to marriage than that.

    Now, if the mayor of Pittsburgh wants to officiate at a mass “Twentyplus-th” anniversary party for same-sex couples who’ve been together at least two decades (regardless of their on-paper marital status), THAT could be something truly worthwhile, because homophobic naysayers from the Bible Belt couldn’t possibly claim that “oh, those couples just stuck it out for 20 years so that they could get some free cake today.”

  • 1EqualityUSA

    Anything that makes Santorum blow a gland is alright by me. Equality makes paying taxes a little easier. Enjoy your marriages! Santorum is doubling up on his Glandex powder tonight.

  • Mezaien

    How I wish I could be there with al;; the HOMOS, who is getting married. It will be just great moment to all in Pittsburgh Pride! Arizona, will come soon to we working on it.

  • DickieJohnson

    @Throbert McGee: Different strokes, man! This will have its own kind of joy and excitement; those who want a big church to-do, or whatever, can do what they want. I’m very happy for all couples. I sure do wish my silverbear would find ME!

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