As same-sex marriage becomes more and more common around the country, the issues that such couples face are becoming less and less remarkable. Not every state has legalized same-sex marriage, of course, but same-sex couples are everywhere. Issues such as child custody, child support and adoption are commonplace for couples who, in some cases, have been together for a long time.
Couples often go to states that do permit and recognize same-sex marriage in order to get married and then return to their home states. These days, Pennsylvania is almost unique among states in the Northeast in that it doesn’t yet allow same-sex marriage. Our neighbors in New York and New Jersey do, however, making them common destinations for Pennsylvania couples.
Next month, a Pennsylvania couple marching in a gay pride parade that will begin in New Jersey and end across the river in Pennsylvania are getting married. They’ll be wed by the mayor of Lambertville, New Jersey, when the parade is on the New Jersey side; they’ll then march home to Pennsylvania as a married couple.
It’s not inconceivable that the law in Pennsylvania will change in the near future; after all, many states now have laws authorizing same-sex marriages. Until then, however, couples in Pennsylvania who aren’t married can still make sure that the legal needs of their families are addressed. Having the proper documentation in place can make it much easier for same-sex parents to be the legal parents of their children and make sure their rights are preserved in the event of one parent’s death.
Source: Hunterdon County Democrat, “Two men to marry in Lambertville ‘Pride’ parade, then return to Pennsylvania home,” Renée Kiriluk-Hill, April 8, 2014