Federal Judge Strikes Down Same Sex Marriage Ban

By WTAJ News

Published 05/20 2014 02:55PM

Updated 05/20 2014 11:58PM

PITTSBURGH - U.S. District Judge John Jones overturned Pennsylvania's 1996 law banning same sex marriage. That same law also stated that Pennsylvania would not recognize same sex marriages performed in other states.

Judge John Jones released his opinion a short time ago saying “Pennsylvania’s marriage laws violate both the due process and equal protection clauses of the 14th amendment to the United States constitution.”

In his decision Jones wrote, “same-sex couples who seek to marry in Pennsylvania may do so, and already married same-sex couples will be recognized in the Commonwealth.”

Pennsylvania is the 19th state to permit same-sex marriages. There are lawsuits challenging the ban pending in all but four of the remaining states.

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