Pa. Men to Marry on Bridge to NJ, Where Gay Marriage is Legal

Pennsylvania residents Charles Young and Fred Blank plan to marry on a bridge to New Jersey this Saturday, where gay marriage is legal.

A past New Hope Celebrates parade. Credit: Facebook
A past New Hope Celebrates parade. Credit: Facebook

If they can't marry in their home state, then Charles Young and Fred Blank will walk a few feet—over a bridge—and marry in New Jersey, where gay marriage is legal.

The two Bucks County men plan marry on the New Hope-Lambertville bridge Saturday, the couple told the Intelligencer. They will make their lifelong commitment on the New Jersey side, where gay marriage is legal.

Gay marriage is not legal in Pennsylvania. 

It is the first time there has been a wedding on the bridge, which connects New Hope, Bucks County, Pa. with Lambertville, Hunterdon County, N.J. 

The wedding will be the kick off of the annual New Hope Celebrates Pride Parade, held as part of the town’s gay pride week, which began Sunday.

“Our hope is that in the near future the LGBT community will not be treated as marriage refugees,” Young told the Intelligencer. “Thankfully, common sense can be found in New Jersey.”

Click here for more information about New Hope Celebrates week.

dave gott May 20, 2014 at 08:04 PM
I appreciate that the folks have kept commenting on this thread, even though I think I hear a lot of anger on both sides. Perhaps we can try to respect one another as people regardless of how widely our opinions diverge.
marc vanic May 20, 2014 at 08:17 PM
New hopes name should be changed to hopeless and if there is so much common sense in nj cross to the other side of the bridge and stay there!!
Wallst May 20, 2014 at 08:19 PM
Oh, Marc, just come out of that closet and get it over with!
Wallst May 20, 2014 at 09:07 PM
Barbara Scherer, conservatives ARE uneducated. Didn't you see the polling? Also, we voted out the Republicans/Teabags in 2008 and took the country back from financial disaster already. Just in case you didn't know.
Lavender Green May 21, 2014 at 08:58 AM
Dave you are so very right, there is so much anger about this subject, sad as it is the fact is everyone deserves to have the right to choose what religion, sexual preference, political party and so on that they wish to. Its not fair or right that anyone make another persons choice for them. I send this to everyone, I appreciate and respect all who voiced their opinions because that is what it is about freedom to choose. I hope everyone allows others to do the same!


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