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Pennsylvania gay marriage ban overturned by judge
Pennsylvania's ban on gay marriage was overturned by a federal judge Tuesday in a decision that legalizes same-sex marriage throughout the Northeast.
Jones declined to put his ruling on hold during a potential appeal by the governor's office, which defended the ban in court. The order was therefore expected to go into immediate effect Tuesday, unless Republican Gov. Tom Corbett successfully moved for a stay while he appealed.
State marriage bans have been falling around the country since the U.S. Supreme Court last year struck down part of the federal Defense of Marriage Act. If Jones' decision stands, Pennsylvania would become the 19th state to legalize gay marriage.
originally posted by: captaintyinknots
I tell ya one thing: I will be THRILLED the day that it is truly no longer news that the supreme court upholds equal rights.
It should be a given.
originally posted by: MetallicusWhat we actually need is new laws that specify marriage is between two consenting adults.
originally posted by: Metallicus
First of all, every one has the right to marry someone of the opposite sex right now.
All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside. No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.
What we actually need is new laws that specify marriage is between two consenting adults.
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legal relationship between spouses: a legally recognized relationship, established by a civil or religious ceremony, between two people who intend to live together as sexual and domestic partners