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What to look for on Smart Talk Wednesday, May 21, 2014:
History was made in Pennsylvania Tuesday when federal Judge John Jones struck down the state's ban on same-sex marriages.
In his ruling, Judge Jones found Pennsylvania's 1996 Defense of Marriage Act, that recognized marriage between two people of the opposite sex only was unconstitutional. Jones said that not allowing gay and lesbian couples to marry or recognize their out-of-state marriages violates the fundamental right to marry -- and, by discriminating based on sexual orientation, Equal Protection guaranteed by the Fourteenth Amendment.
Couples can begin to apply for marriage licenses immediately.
Pennsylvania is one 19 states and the District of Columbia where same-sex marriage is now legal.
Wednesday's Smart Talk focuses on the ruling and what it means for Pennsylvania.
UPDATE Wednesday 3 p.m.:
Gov. Tom Corbett says he will not appeal the court ruling. Same-sex marriage will remain legal.
Appearing on the program is Witold Walczak, an Americans Civil Liberties Union of Pennsylvania attorney, Michael Geer, President of the Pennsylvania Family Institute, and Dr. G. Terry Madonna, a political analyst and pollster at Franklin and Marshall College who can discuss polls that indicate Pennsylvanians attitudes toward same sex marriage have changed.
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