Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto will hold
a wedding ceremony for 20 gay and lesbian couples on Sunday morning.
Pennsylvania became the 19th
state, in addition to the District of Columbia, to allow gay couples
to marry when Republican Governor Tom Corbett decided against
pursuing an appeal to a ruling striking down the state's marriage ban
(Related : Pennsylvania
Gov. Tom Corbett says he won't appeal gay marriage ruling.)
The ceremony will take place in
Triangle Park Downtown during PrideFest, the city's annual Gay Pride
celebration. A reception to be held at the adjacent Fairmont Hotel
will take place after the ceremony. The private event will be
broadcast live on the city's cable TV channel.
“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
said in a written statement.