PHILADELPHIA — The first gay marriages entered the history books at Philadelphia City Hall on Friday, as exhilarated couples both young and old exchanged vows.
Eight couples were married in the mayor’s gilded reception room, days after a federal judge lifted the state’s same-sex marriage ban.
‘‘We couldn’t really turn that [offer] down because it is such a historic day for our community, and for Philadelphia,’’ said 32-year-old printing company owner Adam Woods as he prepared to marry actor Justin Jain.
Eight city judges performed the weddings simultaneously as family and friends circled around the couples.
‘‘I’m full of love and pride for our city, our community, and each other,’’ said Jain, who is also 32.
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