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Judge in gay marriage suit rejects state argument that court lacks jurisdiction

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

HARRISBURG, Pa. — A federal judge hearing a challenge to Pennsylvania’s law banning recognition of same-sex marriages is keeping the case on track for trial by preventing an appellate review at this stage.

U.S. District Judge John E. Jones

U.S. District Judge John E. Jones

U.S. District Judge John Jones on Tuesday rejected the state’s argument that his court lacks the power to hear the case, and suggested that the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals would agree with him.

Jones says there’ve been “substantial and far-reaching” developments in how courts treat equal protection and due process rights since the U.S. Supreme Court’s 1972 decision that it lacked the jurisdiction to decide whether a Minnesota law banning same-sex marriages violated the Constitution.

He says that puts him in a position to hear the case.

He has scheduled a trial to start on June 9.

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8 more reader comments:

  1. God will get you for trying to impersonate him!

    Posted on Tuesday, December 17, 2013 at 11:39pm
  2. God already ruled on this love everyone or get off the planet asap.

    Replied on Wednesday, December 18, 2013 at 12:12am
  3. Didn't realize you kept God's day planner organized

    Replied on Wednesday, December 18, 2013 at 12:35am
  4. Keep your god out of our government!

    Replied on Wednesday, December 18, 2013 at 12:42pm
  5. Judge John E. Jones has an interesting history. He was the trial judge for Kitzmiller v. Dover Area School district, when parents sued the school for forcing “intelligent design” (ie. creationism ) to be taught in their HS. Although nominated for his judgeship by Rick Santorum and approved by Bush, Jones decided in favor of the parents and against creationism. So if anything, I think we can look forward to Judge Jones deciding the case by the Constitution and the law rather then any preconceived religious bias.

    Posted on Tuesday, December 17, 2013 at 11:53pm
  6. Reap what you sow!

    Posted on Wednesday, December 18, 2013 at 12:04am
  7. take that, all you right wing religious repugs. this country doesn’t make laws according to your beliefs. ever hear of seperation of church and state?

    Posted on Wednesday, December 18, 2013 at 12:59am
  8. Trial starts JUNE 9TH??? WTF

    Posted on Wednesday, December 18, 2013 at 2:41pm