- Associated Press - Thursday, May 22, 2014

PHILADELPHIA — Catherine Hennessy and Kristin Keith didn’t plan to marry right away. But those plans have changed, thanks to an offer by Philadelphia’s mayor.

Mayor Michael Nutter plans to officiate a string of same-sex weddings Friday.

Hennessy and Keith are among the 18 couples who got marriage licenses Tuesday, hours after a judge lifted a state ban on same-sex unions.

Nutter offered to officiate weddings for them. Hennessy says you don’t say no when the mayor calls.

Philadelphia judges also will be on hand at City Hall to officiate weddings.

A federal judge threw out the state’s same-sex marriage ban on Tuesday. Couples who got licenses that day will be eligible to marry Friday under the state’s three-day waiting period.