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Federal judge weighs Pa. same-sex marriage challenge

Written by The Associated Press | May 15, 2014 5:19 AM
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(Philadelphia) -- The gay marriage fight in Pennsylvania has moved to a federal courtroom in Philadelphia, where a U.S. judge is being asked to recognize a couple's same-sex marriage from Massachusetts.

Pennsylvania is the only northeast state that bans both same-sex marriage and civil unions. But advocates are trying to change that through various test cases. 

Cara Palladino and Isabelle Barker married in Massachusetts in 2005. They now live in Philadelphia and work at nearby Bryn Mawr College.

Their lawyers say that more than 600 Pennsylvania laws and statutes discriminate against them by not recognizing their marriage.

Lawyers for Governor Corbett want U.S. District Judge Mary McLaughlin to dismiss the case. They say the plaintiffs must show specific harms and sue that agency, not pursue a broad-based lawsuit against the governor.

Our earlier story is below:

The gay marriage fight in Pennsylvania moves to a federal courtroom today, where a couple will ask a judge to recognize their same-sex marriage.

The commonwealth is the only northeast state that bans both same-sex marriage and civil unions.

But, advocates are trying to change that through various tests cases.

Cara Palladino and Isabelle Barker married in Massachusetts in 2005. They now live in Philadelphia and work at nearby Bryn Mawr College. Their lawyers will ask U.S. District Judge Mary McLaughlin to declare them legally married in Pennsylvania.

Republican Governor Tom Corbett's administration opposes same-sex marriage and has asked another federal judge to find the state's ban constitutional. 

A decision in that case could come any day.

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  • Timothy George Hare img 2014-05-16 07:06

    At long last, on Monday, May 12, 2014, the federal court in Harrisburg finally reviews the historic ACLU lawsuit seeking to strike down centuries of segregation in civil marriage, currently restricted to different-sex couples only. On Thursday, May 15, another federal case arrives in federal court in Philadelphia.

    Apartheid begins to crumble, thanks to federal intervention in Pennsylprejudice. All aboard the Marriage Equality Freedom Train that has now arrived at Pennsylequality Station!” Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_xlCQ1Ymq8c

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