The following are excerpts from a November 26, 2007 article appearing on CNSNews.com.
“Philadelphia Mayor Presides Over Same-Sex ‘Wedding’”
By Randy Hall, CNSNews.com – November 26, 2007
Outgoing Philadelphia Mayor John Street officiated at his first same-sex commitment ceremony at City Hall on Saturday. A pro-family organization said the event marked a “dark day in the history of the City of Brotherly Love.”
The ceremony celebrated the relationship of 33-year-old Micah Mahjoubian, who serves as deputy secretary of external affairs in Street’s administration, and his male partner, 32-year-old Ryan Bunch.
For the 64-year-old Street, who is concluding his final year as the city’s mayor, the event was a significant departure from the Democrat who was elected to the office eight years ago on a family-values platform rooted in his personal faith as a Seventh-day Adventist Christian.
Nevertheless, Street emphasized that the event would have no legal weight in Pennsylvania since neither same-sex “marriage” nor civil unions are recognized there.
“It’s not marriage. It’s not real marriage. They can’t be married,” he told the Inquirer. “It’s not a religious ceremony. I mean, it’s not really marriage.”
The mayor has officiated at fewer than 10 marriages during his two terms, she said. “Even though he is insisting [that] the ceremony is not marriage, homosexual activists are viewing it as a political statement and a giant step forward in their quest for so-called ‘marriage equality,’” said Diane Gramley of the American Family Association of Pennsylvania.
She pointed to a comment made last week by Steven Goldstein, chairman of the New Jersey-based group Garden State Equality, who said, “Every single time a public official like Mayor Street performs a ceremony, it strengthens the case for marriage equality.”
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