Beaver County is now officially issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples. The announcement comes following a ruling from a federal judge yesterday that declared Pennsylvania’s ban on same sex marriages unconstitutional.
“We are now officially open for business to everyone,” Beaver County Register of Wills Carol Ruckert Fiorucci said in a phone call she made to the Beaver Countian early this morning.
“I feel it is my duty as an elected official to follow the law, so we will be distributing [same-sex] marriage licenses effective immediately,” Fiorucci continued. “As of right now [same-sex] marriage is legal so I am as prepared to give that marriage application to gay couples as I am to everyone else.”
The State of Pennsylvania has 30 days to appeal yesterday’s court ruling, leaving the legal situation involving gay marriage fluid. Other states have seen emergency injunctions issued by federal appellate courts after having their gay marriage bans overturned by a judge.
Fiorucci’s office will be monitoring the legal situation and will continue to act according to court rulings on the matter.
Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane had previously refused to defend the state’s statute banning same-sex marriages and announced yesterday she will not be appealing the verdict. Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett has not yet announced if his office will appeal the judge’s ruling.