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How same-sex couples can get married in Pennsylvania

When to apply:
Couples must apply a minimum of 3 business days or a maximum of 60 days prior to marriage ceremony.

There is a 3 day waiting period. (72 Hours)

Where to apply:
Couple can apply for a PA marriage license at the office of the clerk of orphans court of any county of Pennsylvania.

What is required:
Both applicants must be present to apply for a marriage license.

Applicants must be 18 years of age to apply for a marriage license.

Applicants between 16 and 18 years of age must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian to provide written consent. Applicants 16 years of age must have both the written approval of the Orphans Court Division of the Common Pleas and a parent or legal guardian given written consent.

Social Security Numbers and Drivers License or Photo ID required at the time of application.

Visas are required for citizens of another country.

Applicants who have been previously married must provide a certified copy of the divorce decree or the date of death of the deceased spouse.

How much does a PA marriage license cost?
The fee for a PA marriage license varies by county.

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Click here for step by step instructions on how same-sex couples can get legally married in Connecticut in one hour

Click here for the steps to get married in New Jersey

Click Here For How to Go and Get Married in each of the 15 Marriage Equality States:
Click here to see how out of state same-sex couples can get married in each of the 15 marriage equality states and the District of Columbia --
Including: How to get married in Connecticut in one day, How to get married in Vermont, How to get married in Massachusetts, How to get married in New Hampshire, How to get married in Maine, How to get married in Rhode Island, How to get married in New York, How to get married in Maryland, How to get married in Delaware, How to get married in Iowa, How to get married in California, How to get married in Washington State, How to get married in Minnesota, and how to get married in District in Columbia.


Click here to read all the steps for same-sex couples to marry in New York State. (It takes at least two days to marry in NY.)

If you need an expert to speak on Same-sex Marriage in Pennsylvania click here


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Text of the ACLU Case filed on July 9, 2013, to overturn Pennsylvania's ban on same-sex marriage equality. Click here to see the full text of the case.


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PA Municipal Anti-Discrimination Ordinances that Include Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity:
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Doylestown Ordinance (Click here for full text)
The fully inclusive Doylestown Non-Discrimination Human Relations Ordinance was passed in August of 2010. It’s language is the most up-to-date HR ordinance language for small towns and cities that are classified as smaller than a 3rd class cities, in PA. This language can be and has been used for new non-discrimination ordinances passed in at least 5 towns in PA since 2010.



Allentown Ordinance (Click here for full text)
A city-wide non-discrimination ordinance that protects against discrimination in the areas of employment, housing and public accommodation. This Ordinance was originally passed by Allentown City Council in 1964. An amendment to add sexual orientation and gender identity was passed in 2002.



Easton Ordinance (Click here for full text)
A city-wide non-discrimination ordinance that protects against discrimination in the areas of employment, housing and public accommodation. This Ordinance was passed by Easton City Council in 2006. The text of this ordinance has been used as a model for several other anti-discrimination ordinances passed more recently in Pennsylvania, including in the municipalities of Landsdale, West Chester and Swarthmore.


Reading Ordinance (Click here for full text)
A city-wide non-discrimination ordinance that protects against discrimination in the ares of employment, housing and public accommodation. This Ordinance was pass by the Reading City Council in 2009.



Bethlehem Ordinance (Click here for full text)
A city-wide non-discrimination ordinance that protects against discrimination in the areas of employment, housing and public accommodation. This Ordinance was passed by Bethlehem City Council in 2011.



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How to File a Discrimination Complaint With the Reading, PA Human Relations Commission
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34 Municipalities in Pennsylvania that include sexual orientation and gender identity in their non-discrimination laws
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Full text of the US Department of Education “Dear Colleague” Letter to US School Outlining the requirement to fight GLBT Bullying in Schools
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To read a What’s That About article about fighting anti-GLBT bullying in schools
Click here and scroll down the page

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Federal, State and Local Protected Classes by civil rights law:

Click here for a list of classes. This list tells you whether or not sexual orientation and gender identity are protected by law in your area of Pennsylvania with regard to employment, housing and public accommodation.


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Books Donated to Libraries on GLBT Issues:

In November, 2007 PDN Library Project Coordinator Val Schaeffer helped place dozens of GLBT Issue books donated to PDN by Hillary Saylor, with Reading Area Community College Library. RACC library is open to the public. Click here for more information.

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Same-sex Marriage and Civil Union Information:
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Bradbury-Sullivan Center does not encourage same-sex couples to get a Civil Union, if they are seeking the rights of Legal Marriage. Civil Unions are no longer offered in most US states. If you have questions about same-sex civil unions please call the Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Center Community Office at
610-432-5449.

How same-sex couples can get legally married in Connecticut in one day

How same-sex couples can marry in New York State.

Statistics & Information
Stats and Educational Information as included in the PDN Photo Project. Including basic information on current Pennsylvania, US and International civil union and same-sex marriage rights and equality. Includes federal and state marriage rights categories. Click here for full listed information.


Civil Unions vs. Marriage
What's the difference and why do gay people insist on marriage. Civil Union is inferior to marriage -- Why?


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Non Discrimination Policies That Include Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity:
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15 Area Colleges' Anti Discrimination Policies
Some PA college and university policies are fully inclusive of sexual orientation and gender identity, others are not supportive, and some are written in ways that create loopholes that void the policies. Click here to read the policies and compare.




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