Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto has announced he will perform the marriages of up to 20 same-sex couples during his city’s PrideFest in June and his city will foot the bill for their wedding and reception.
The mass wedding ceremony will be held on 15 June in Pittsburgh’s Triangle Park Downtown, between Fifth and Liberty avenues adjacent to the Fairmont Hotel.
Following a 2pm ceremony, the hotel will host a reception for the couples.
‘I said last week I would be thrilled to make the marriage of an LGBT couple the first I officiate as Mayor, and being able to share that moment with many others should make for an even more joyous celebration’ Peduto, a Democrat, said in a statement.
The mayor’s offer comes only a week after US District Court judge John E Jones III struck down the state of Pennsylvania’s 18-year-old Defense of Marriage Act.