Cara Palladino and Isabelle Barker lived in Massachusetts when they got married in 2005 and moved to the Philadelphia area later that year to work at Bryn Mawr College. They had a son in January 2009.
The couple sued the state Thursday, naming Gov. Tom Corbett and Attorney General Kathleen Kane as defendants. Their federal lawsuit — at least the fourth pending lawsuit regarding gay marriage in Pennsylvania — seeks to declare unconstitutional the state statute barring recognition of same-sex marriages.
Thirty-seven states, including Pennsylvania, do not recognize gay marriages performed legally in other jurisdictions.
In another lawsuit, the state Health Department has sued to stop a county official who decided on his own to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples.
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