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Breaking: Federal Court Strikes Down Laws Banning Marriage Equality in Pennsylvania

Harrisburg, Pennsylvannia — Today Federal District Judge John E. Jones III struck down laws banning marriage equality in Pennsylvannia.

Federal District Court Judge John E. Jones has struck down Pennsylvania’s same-sex marriage ban.

The case was filed by the ACLU on behalf of 21 Pennsylvania residents seeking the right to marry. The federal lawsuit challenged the state’s statutory ban on same-sex marriage. Pennsylvania is one of the few remaining states with no constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage.

The decision is here. From the intro:

"We now join the twelve 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." The judge found that:

"the Marriage Laws violate the principles of equal protection and are therefore unconstitutional."

The opinion notes that a separate order will be issued. There was no stay discussed in the opinion. —Staff

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