court challenge filed to gay marriage ban
Pa. (AP) - Twenty-one gay couples are challenging the constitutionality of
Pennsylvania's same-sex marriage ban in state court.
lawsuit was filed Wednesday in Commonwealth Court. It parallels a separate
challenge to the law the filed two months ago in federal court. Both challenges
claim the law violates the federal constitution, but the latest filing claims
it also violates the state constitution.
couples were married with licenses from a Montgomery County court clerk who
began issuing them after state Attorney General Kathleen Kane concluded the law
was unconstitutional and refused to defend it against the federal court
challenges follow a U.S. Supreme Court decision partially striking down the
federal Defense of Marriage Act, which like the Pennsylvania law restricts
marriage as the union of one man and one woman.