Four same-sex licenses issued by Northumberland County since ruling
SUNBURY - Four same-sex couples were issued marriage licenses in Northumberland County through Thursday.
Brianna D. Hollenbach, of Mifflinburg, and Kelsey E. Forney, of Sunbury, are the most recent. They were issued a license Thursday. Both 19 years old, they are the youngest same-sex couple to get a license. The three other couples are in their 30s and 40s.
Same-sex marriage was legalized Tuesday in Pennsylvania when U.S. District Court Judge John Jones III ruled that the Commonwealth's 1996 Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutional.
David L. Fisher and Robert A. Kurrell, both of Paxinos, were the first to get a marriage license in Northumberland County. They received a license less than 20 minutes after the county courthouse opened at 9 a.m. Wednesday.
Among the adjustments made by courthouse staff was changing the marriage record itself. Where applicants once signed above lines that said male and female, the language was switched to male in both references for Fisher and Kurrell.
It was adjusted Wednesday afternoon when shortly after 1 p.m. the first female couple received a license - Melissa L. LaBounty and Melissa A. Lytle, both of Sunbury. The signature lines stated applicant 1 and applicant 2.
Victoria J. Rosancrans and Melissa L. Verelst, both of Northumberland, also received a license Wednesday.
Nine marriage licenses in total have been issued in Northumberland County since Wednesday.
There's at least one more adjustment to be made on future marriage records. It still states male and female in the section asking if the applicants are under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
Gov. Tom Corbett's office had defended the law after Attorney General Kathleen Kane called it unconstitutional and refused to defend it.
Since the ruling Tuesday, Corbett has said he will not appeal the decision.