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PA gay marriage lawsuit gets trial date

Written by The Associated Press | Nov 22, 2013 2:08 PM
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(Harrisburg) -- A federal judge has set a June 9 trial date for a lawsuit challenging the state's gay-marriage ban. 

U.S. District Judge John E. Jones III has ordered the trial be held at the federal courthouse in Harrisburg and set a timetable for pre-trial motions and other paperwork.

Jones issued the order following a meeting with lawyers in the case this morning.

The federal lawsuit is the first of at least six state and federal court suits challenging aspects of the 17-year-old Pennsylvania law.

Civil rights lawyers filed it in July on behalf of plaintiffs who include a widow, 11 couples and one couple's two teenage daughters.

This story has been updated at 5:34 p.m. on 11/22/13

(Harrisburg) -- A federal judge in Harrisburg says he'll schedule a June trial for a lawsuit challenging Pennsylvania's gay-marriage ban.

U.S. District Judge John E. Jones III told lawyers in the case today that he would set a trial date and a timetable for pre-trial discovery and depositions soon.

Lawyers for the state sought an August trial, but Jones said the delay was unnecessary.

Pennsylvania is the only northeastern state that bars same-sex marriage. Nationally, Illinois this week joined 15 other states and the District of Columbia in allowing it.

The federal lawsuit was the first of at least six state and federal lawsuits that challenge aspects of the 17-year-old Pennsylvania law.

Civil rights lawyers filed it on behalf of plaintiffs who include a widow, 11 couples and one couple's two teenage daughters.

This story has been updated from an earlier version.

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