Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Pennsylvania Ends Same-Sex Marriage Ban 

Pennsylvania gay marriage ban struck down

by Brig Bagley

21 May 2014

Same-Sex couples in Pennsylvania can now immediately apply for marriage licenses. The state requires a 3 day waiting period before couples can marry, but that is for all marriages. A stay is not in place, but an appeal of the federal ruling is expected. The attorney general refuses to fight the ruling, but the republican governor will likely take on the job.

"The issue we resolve today is a divisive one. Some of our citizens are made deeply uncomfortable by the notion of same-sex marriage. However, that same-sex marriage causes discomfort in some does not make its prohibition constitutional. Nor can past tradition trump the bedrock constitutional guarantees," Judge Jones wrote. "In the 60 years since Brown was decided, 'separate' has thankfully faded into history, and only 'equal' remains.... Similarly, in future generations the label same-sex marriage will be abandoned, to be replaced simply by marriage. We are a better people than what these laws represent, and it is time to discard them into the ash heap of history." 

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