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Mayor, judges set to open gay marriage era

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PHILADELPHIA (AP) - The Memorial Day weekend will get off to a festive start as gays and lesbians begin to marry across Pennsylvania.

The state could see scores of weddings following a federal judge's decision Tuesday to throw the state's 1996 ban on "the ash heap of history."

Mayor Michael Nutter is expected to officiate for some of the first couples who applied this week in Philadelphia.

Catherine Hennessy and Kristin Keith say they couldn't say no to the mayor's offer. They've moved up their wedding date.

Philadelphia judges will be at City Hall both Friday and Saturday to help officiate.

Nearly 300 same-sex applications have been handed out in Allegheny County.

One of the nation's first gay rights demonstrations took place in Philadelphia in 1965, on Independence Mall.

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