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Smart Talk 10th anniversary: Same sex marriage legalized in PA

Written by Scott LaMar, Smart Talk Host/Executive Producer | Sep 25, 2018 3:37 PM
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Looking back at memorable Smart Talk from the last 10 years.

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History was made in Pennsylvania May 20, 2014 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.

Then Gov. Tom Corbett did not seek to appeal the decision.

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