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Gay Marriage Ban Struck Down

May 21, 2014
HARRISBURG (AP)- Pennsylvania's ban on gay marriage has been overturned by a federal judge in a decision that makes same-sex matrimony legal throughout the Northeast.

U.S. District Judge John E. Jones III's decision Tuesday is a victory for 11 couples, a widow and one of the couples' two teenage daughters who filed the first challenge to the law. Governor Tom Corbett's office had defended the law after Attorney General Kathleen Kane called it unconstitutional and refused to defend it.

Couples must wait three days after their application to get married unless a sympathetic judge grants a waiver.

Republican Gov. Tom Corbett could appeal and effectively put the ruling on hold but hasn't quickly indicated whether he will.

If the decision stands, Pennsylvania would become the 19th state to legalize gay marriage. It would also create a bloc of 11 states from Maine to Maryland that allow same-sex marriage, plus Washington, D.C.

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