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Judge set to rule Tuesday on Pennsylvania’s same-sex marriage ban

Tuesday, May 20, 2014
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PHILADELPHIA — Gay rights activists should know within hours whether Pennsylvania’s ban on same-sex marriage will be overturned.

Marc Levy, APThe Whitewoods _ Landon, 2, Susan, 49, Abbey, 16, Katie, 14, and Deb, 45, after a news conference to announce that they are the lead plaintiffs in a lawsuit seeking to overturn a state law banning same-sex marriage in Pennsylvania.

Marc Levy, AP
The Whitewoods — Landon, 2, Susan, 49, Abbey, 16, Katie, 14, and Deb, 45, at a July 2013 news conference to announce that they are the lead plaintiffs in a lawsuit seeking to overturn Pennsylvania’s same-sex marriage ban.

A federal judge in Harrisburg is expected to rule Tuesday on a challenge to the state’s 1996 Defense of Marriage Act.

The plaintiffs include same-sex couples, their children and others who say the marriage ban deprives them of legal and tax benefits.

Gov. Tom Corbett’s office has been defending the law.

A court website says U.S. District Judge John Jones will issue his ruling after 2 p.m.

He could put his order on hold to give time for the losing side to appeal.

State marriage bans have been falling around the country since the Supreme Court’s “Windsor” decision last year. The landmark ruling struck down part of the federal Defense of Marriage Act.

Follow this case: Whitewood v. Wolf

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