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Quicker ruling sought in Pa. gay marriage ban case

Written by The Associated Press | Apr 21, 2014 9:58 AM

(Harrisburg) --  The plaintiffs in a constitutional challenge to Pennsylvania's law banning same-sex marriage are changing strategy and now asking a federal judge to make an immediate decision in their case.

Civil rights lawyers representing a widow, 11 couples and one of the couples' two teenage daughters filed the papers Monday in federal court in Harrisburg. A spokesman for Governor Corbett's office, which is defending the constitutionality of the law, says they'll also request a summary judgment from the judge instead of a trial.

The plaintiffs lawyers' say a trial is no longer necessary because the state's lawyers haven't refuted their clients' claims about their relationships and their inability to get the same legal protection and tax benefits afforded to married couples.

The judge had set a June 9 trial date.

An earlier version of this story is below.

The plaintiffs in a challenge to Pennsylvania's law banning same-sex marriage are changing strategy and now asking a federal judge to make an immediate decision in their case.

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Civil rights lawyers representing a widow, 11 couples and one of the couples'  two teenage daughters filed papers today in federal court in Harrisburg saying they no longer see the need for a trial.

A spokesman for Governor Corbett's office, which is defending the constitutionality of the law, says they'll also request a summary judgment from the judge instead of a trial.

The plaintiffs lawyers' say a trial is no longer necessary because the state's lawyers haven't refuted their clients' claims about their relationships and their inability to get the same legal protection and tax benefits afforded to married couples. 

Attorney Vic Walczak of the American Civil Liberties Union tells The Associated Press the plaintiffs hope the judge will see the "profound harm caused by this law and strike it down."

The judge had set a June 9th trial date. 

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