U.S. Judge Strikes Down Same-Sex Marriage Ban in Pennsylvania

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Today, a U.S. District Court in Pennsylvania nullified Pennsylvania’s Marriage Laws, holding that they violate the due process and equal protection clauses of the 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. If the ruling stands up on appeal, it would give same-sex couples the right to marry in Pennsylvania and require Pennsylvania to recognize same-sex marriages that have validly been performed elsewhere. This is the fourth time in recent weeks that a federal court has overturned a state law banning same-sex marriage, following decisions in Idaho, Arkansas, and Oregon. 

 

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