Marriage Ban Struck Down
(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
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,