Pa. LGBT community watching Supreme Court hearing closely

Written by Tim Lambert and Radio Pennsylvania | Apr 28, 2015 5:56 AM

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(Harrisburg) -- The head of Pennsylvania's leading LGBT advocacy group is among those eagerly awaiting today's arguments on same-sex marriage before the U.S. Supreme Court.

Ted Martin, executive director of Equality Pennsylvania, says the importance of today's haring can't be understated.

"It is an enoromous day. We believe, obviously, that all loving and committed couples should have the freedom to marry. We hope the court will agree."

Martin is hoping the justices uphold the right for same-sex couples to marry.

But if that happens, he notes it's hard to escape the irony for same-sex couples in Pennsylvania.

"It still remains that you can get married over the weekend and be fired in Pennsylvania on Monday, because that's still perfectly legal or denied a public accommodation," he says. "So, obviously that's still part of the discussion."

The justices will hear arguments in a case where four states -- Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, and Tennessee -- had their bans on same-sex marriage upheld by a federal judge.

Pennsylvania is one of 36 states where gays and lesbians are legally allowed to marry.

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