Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Pennsylvania Marriage Ban Struck Down

And the dominoes keep falling...


A federal judge ruled Tuesday that Pennsylvania's ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional. 

U.S. District Judge John Jones' decision in Whitewood v. Wolf, the suit filed last year on behalf of several same-sex couples, strikes down Pennsylvania's Defense of Marriage Act. His ruling comes one day after a federal judge ruled against Oregon's gay marriage ban, and marks the 14th legal victory in a row for marriage equality. 

The decision was left to Jones after Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett (R) and the plaintiffs decided to avoid a trial.

Below, more details from the Associated Press:
Pennsylvania's ban on gay marriage was overturned by a federal judge Tuesday.
U.S. District Judge John E. Jones III called the plaintiffs — a widow, 11 couples and one of the couples' two teenage daughters — courageous.

"We now join the 12 federal district courts across the country which, when confronted with these inequities in their own states, have concluded that all couples deserve equal dignity in the realm of civil marriage," Jones wrote.
An appeal to the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals is likely. Gov. Tom Corbett's office had defended the law after Attorney General Kathleen Kane called it unconstitutional and refused to defend it.

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