For National Coming Out Day a handful of LGBTQ couples got married or recommitted to each other at Philadelphia City Hall.
Among those saying “I Do” were Charles Massucci and his husband who have been together for 47 years and married for nine of them. Massucci said after decades together they weren’t sure they would ever have an opportunity to marry.
“We grew up in a different time, in a different age, where people frowned upon love is love,” he said. “The time has come where people should be able to live freely, openly, and love the people that they love without reservation.”
Massucci’s husband Joseph DiDio urges that those coming out Thursday should be brave and proclaim it proudly.
“Just announce it as I did, and most of the time the family will accept it. Just don’t be afraid — come out and say it so you can live your life.”