Penn. county defies same-sex marriage ban, wed couple

Alicia Terrizzi (left) and her partner Loreen Bloodgood (right)with their marriage license in Montgomery County, Penn., on July 24, 2013. KYW/CBS

NORRISTOWN, Pa. Two women have been married in a religious ceremony near Philadelphia after getting a same-sex license from county officials defying a state ban.

Alicia Terrizzi says she and Loreen Bloodgood didn't set out to be pioneers, but simply want to take advantage of the opportunity offered by Montgomery County officials.

CBS Philadelphia affiliate KYW reports the 45-year-old Terrizzi and 40-year-old Bloodgood of Pottstown arrived bright and early Wednesday morning with their two sons for the ceremony.

Bloodgood told the station they've been together for 17 years.

"We believe in it not only for ourselves and the love that we have, but we think it's really important to show our children that we are a family and we are just like their friends who have moms and dads," she said.

Montgomery County officials say they issued marriage licenses to two gay couples that morning, a day after signaling their willingness to do so.

In other states with same-sex marriage bans, licenses issued by defiant local officials have been voided by courts.

County Commission Chairman Josh Shapiro says marriage equality will come to Pennsylvania. He says it's just a question of how long it will take.

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