Federal Judge Rules PA Marriage Ban Unconstitutional


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."

The case was filed in 2013 by the American Civil Liberties Union and the ACLU of Pennsylvania. A recent poll found that 56 percent of Pennsylvanians support the freedom to marry.


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