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Philly mayor conducts same-sex marriage ceremony for Israeli diplomat

(JTA) – An Israeli diplomat was married in a same-sex marriage ceremony conducted by the mayor of Philadelphia. Elad Strohmyer, Deputy Consul General of Israel in Philadelphia and his partner Oren Ben-Joseph were married at the Philadelphia City Hall this week, Ynet reported. Mayor Michael Nutter and Conservative Rabbi Michael Bills officiated. Gay marriage has been legal in Pennsylvania since May 2014.

Strohmyer met Ben-Joseph during a gay pride event in Tel Aviv last June; Ben-Joseph joined him in Philadelphia shortly after. They were engaged in October.

“The fact that the local media and the leadership of the community is expressing great interest and will come to the wedding is really moving and also enables us to expose another facet of Israel that is not usually displayed in world media,” Strohmyer told Ynet. Some 150 guests, including friends and family from Israel, attended the wedding.

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