Lawsuit seeks to strike down Pennsylvania gay marriage ban

07/09/2013 // West Palm Beach , Florida, US // JusticeNewsFlash // Justice News Flash // (press release)

Pennsylvania – A lawsuit filed Tuesday on behalf of 10 same-sex couples seeking to strike down Pennsylvania’s same-sex marriage ban is the first since the Supreme Court recently invalidated the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). As reported by The Christian Science Monitor, the lawsuit, which was filed by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), is expected to be the first of multiple state level lawsuits following the DOMA decision.

The report quotes the lawsuit as stating, “Pennsylvania law denies the plaintiff couples and other same-sex couples this fundamental right by denying them access to the state-recognized institution of marriage and refusing to recognize the marriages they entered into in other states.”

Marriage in accordance with the Pennsylvania law is limited to a man and a woman, and recognition of same-sex marriages performed in other states are not recognized by the state.

Leslie Cooper of the ACLU Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender Project is quoted in the report as stating, “Whether it is through litigation, through the legislature, or at the ballot box, we will continue to work to broaden the number of states where same-sex couples can marry.”

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