Pennsylvania, like most states in the US has a law, which prevents individuals connected by too close a level of consanguinity from marrying. This means that in most states, people who are too closely related will not be issued a marriage license. In most states this law bars parents from marrying children, first cousins from marrying cousins and nephews from marrying aunts. Though this might seem like a relic of past concerns of long lost siblings and jokes about backwoods shotgun weddings. However, this issue is all for a couple living in Allegheny County. Nino Espisito, a retired teacher, adopted his partner, Roland Bossee more than forty years together as a couple. The gentlemen made this decision before the landmark cases of Windsor, Whitewood, and Obergefell decisions permitted same-sex couples around the country to marry freely. By adopting Bossee, Espisito was able to convey upon him some but not all of the benefits associated with being married. However, this plan hit a snag when the couple, who is now permitted to legally marry in all fifty states, asked that the Allegheny County Orphan's Court judge annul the adoption so that the couple could legally marry.
Sunday, June 15, 2014, was a very special day for some same-sex couples in Pittsburgh. Mayor Bill Peduto presided over several same-sex marriages downtown. Sunday was also PrideFest in Pittsburgh, so these marriages were met with a huge celebration. Some of the couples who were married even rode on floats in the Pride Parade. The Mayor wanted to be a part of the annual Pride celebration in Pittsburgh, and certainly found a memorial way to participate in the weekend.
By: Lisa Vari on G+