HARRISBURG, Pa (AP
) – The ACLU said it plans to file the
first-known legal challenge seeking to overturn a state law that effectively
bans gay marriage in Pennsylvania.
The lawsuit, to be filed in federal court in Harrisburg,
also asks a federal judge to prevent state officials from stopping gay couples
from getting married in the state.
If the lawsuit is successful, Pennsylvania would become the
14th state to legalize gay marriage. A
1996 Pennsylvania state law defines marriage as between a man and a woman, and
says same-sex marriages, even if entered legally elsewhere, are void in
The ACLU says that's unconstitutional because same-sex
couples don't have access to the same legal and financial protections as opposite-sex