Ballard Spahr partner Dee Spagnuolo and her wife were the first couple to get a marriage license from that register of wills. For them, Jones' ruling in Whitewood v. Wolf was the key ruling in upholding their nuptials.

Spagnuolo said the June 26 ruling elicited an emotional reaction.

"Even though we had been living as a married couple and Pennsylvania had already been through this process, this is still our country," Spagnuolo said. "And it's exciting to know that other couples across the country will have the same rights and benefits and protections and respect as we have been enjoying here in Pennsylvania."

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