Quicker Ruling Sought in Gay Marriage Ban Case
HARRISBURG (AP) — The plaintiffs in a constitutional challenge to Pennsylvania's law
banning same-sex marriage are changing strategy and now asking a federal judge
to make an immediate decision in their case. A decision on a ruling isn't
expected before mid-May.
rights lawyers representing a widow, 11 couples and one of the couples' two
teenage daughters filed the papers Monday in federal court in Harrisburg. A
spokesman for Gov. Tom Corbett's office, which is defending the
constitutionality of the law, says they'll also request a summary judgment from
the judge instead of a trial.
plaintiffs lawyers' say a trial is no longer necessary because the state's
lawyers haven't refuted their clients' claims about their relationships and
their inability to get the same legal protection and tax benefits afforded to
judge had set a June 9 trial date.