Their marriages would be recognized under the proposed deal, but their legal anniversary would move to May 20, 2014, the day Pennsylvania’s same-sex marriage ban was overturned.
The 27 couples were among nearly 200 same-sex couples married with licenses issued by rogue Montgomery County official D. Bruce Hanes in July and August 2013.
At the time, Hanes said he had a sworn duty to uphold the Pennsylvania and U.S. constitutions, and that the state law banning same-sex marriage violated. He wanted to “come down on the right side of history and the law.”
The proposed settlement, which must still be approved by a judge, only involves the 27 couples who filed suit to have their marriages recognized, reports The Philadelphia Inquirer.
Dozens of other marriages performed before the state law changed may still be in dispute, but many of those couples obtained new marriage licenses after the federal ruling this spring.
Couples who didn’t, according to the state, are still not married.