Gay couples rush for licenses in Pennsylvania

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Same-sex couples are clamoring for marriage licenses after a Pennsylvania judge's ruling allowed them to join the rest of the Northeast in legalizing their relationships.

Couples must wait three days after their application to get married unless a sympathetic judge grants a waiver. Philadelphia offices stayed open late Tuesday to handle a rush of applications.

At City Hall, supporters converged and a brass band kicked up a rendition of Madonna's "Material Girl."

Republican Gov. Tom Corbett could appeal and effectively put the ruling on hold but hasn't quickly indicated whether he will.

If the decision stands, Pennsylvania would become the 19th state to legalize gay marriage. It would also create a bloc of 11 states from Maine to Maryland that allow same-sex marriage, plus Washington, D.C.

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