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8 gay couples married at Philadelphia City Hall

Published: Friday, May 23, 2014 12:13 p.m. CST
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Lindsay Vandermay and Ashley Wilson speak to members of the news media after saying their vows during a same sex wedding conducted in Philadelphia, just after midnight on Friday, May 23, 2014. (AP Photo/ Joseph Kaczmarek)
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David Fisher, left, and Robert Kurrell hold hands near their home in Paxinos, Pa., Wednesday, May 21, 2014. The couple, who have been together for 27 years, plan to marry Memorial Day following a federal judgeís ruling Tuesday, May 20, 2014, that Pennsylvaniaís ban on gay marriage is unconstitutional. (AP Photo/The News-Item, Larry Deklinski)

PHILADELPHIA – 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. They say are full of pride for the city and each other after being married by Judge Barbara McDermott.

McDermott believes the couples married 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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