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Public Affairs Entry: Smart Talk: Judge Jones and Legalizing Same-Sex Marriage in PA

Written by Tim Lambert, witf Multimedia News Director | Feb 10, 2015 9:50 AM

The court decision that legalized same-sex marriage in Pennsylvania last month has been celebrated by some and criticized by others.

The federal judge who struck down Pennsylvania's law that defined marriage as only between a man and a woman as unconstitutional is no stranger to controversial decisions.

Judge John Jones III of the U.S. Middle District Court in Pennsylvania gained national attention for ruling the Dover, York County school board's attempt to add creationism to science classes was unconstitutional.

On this June 9, 2014, installment of WITF's Smart Talk, Judge Jones joins us to explain his thinking and the basis for the same-sex marriage decision.

It's unusual for a federal judge to grant media interviews but Jones says he views conversations as opportunities to educate the public about the judiciary.

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