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Magistrate performs first same sex marriage in Mercer County

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MERCER, Pa. - Magistrate Lorinda Hinch performed the first same sex marriage ceremony in Mercer County on Monday.

Friends were on hand as Matthew Barbour and Jason Roberts exchanged vows inside the magistrate's courtroom in Mercer.

"It's really cool to be first." said Barbour. "It's amazing to be part of history, but this is just about our life together."

The couple applied for a marriage license when Governor Tom Corbett announced that he would not continue fighting opponents of the commonwealth's gay marriage ban last month.

"When we signed our marriage certificate they said that this would be public knowledge and we said fine. Not everyone is going to approve of our relationship, but we have each other and we have so many loved ones that came to see us get married today and that's really all that matters to us.", said Roberts.

"This isn't about politics or anything else. It's just about our life together.", said Barbour.

During a visit to Mercer County last month, 21 News asked Governor Corbett about his decision to end the fight against gay marriage. "The likelihood of prevailing in the 3rd circuit was not there. It was very very remote. We just decided we were not going to continue to go forward with it," said Corbett.

Benjamin Geibel, who attended the ceremony and describes the couple as his best friends said, "It's astounding. When we were growing up we never thought it would be a possibility."

"I think we're in a place where the traditions of marriage need to be redefined. You win a lot more people with love than
you do with hate.", said Geibel.
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