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05/20/2014

And another one: Federal judge smack's down Pennsylvania's discriminatory marriage ban

by Jeremy Hooper

From Freedom to Marry:


New York – Today U.S. District Judge John E. Jones III ruled in Whitewood v. Wolf that Pennsylvania’s ban on marriage for same-sex couples is unconstitutional. Judge Jones is the 14th federal judge in recent months to rule against marriage discrimination.

Evan Wolfson, president of Freedom to Marry, released the following statement:

"Today's win in Pennsylvania finally brings the freedom to marry to the entire Northeast. Loving and committed couples and their families in the nation's sixth largest state will be able to share in the joy, security and dignity that come with the freedom to marry. The stone that was once left out has become the keystone, and now it's time to finish the job nationwide."

Developing.

*UPDATE: The decision and order:

1:13-cv-01861 Pennsylvania Decision by Equality Case Files

1:13-cv-01861 #134 ORDER by Equality Case Files

**AG Kathleen Kane, who earned national attention for being one of the first to refuse to defend the ban, is delighted:

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