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Pennsylvania is the 2nd U.S. state, admitted to the Union on Dec. 12, 1787. Its most populous city is Philadelphia, and its capital is Harrisburg.

Marriage Equality: Pennsylvania has had a statute defining marriage as the union of “one man and one woman” and banning the recognition of same-sex marriages from other jurisdictions since 1996. Repeated attempts to pass a constitutional amendment have failed in the state legislature since 2006. State laws banning same-sex marriage are currently being challenged in state and federal court; the cases are Ballen v. Corbett (State) and Whitewood v. Wolf (Federal)

For information on state laws relating to LGBT rights, discrimination, hate crimes and adoption, click here.

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Pa. clerk seeks ‘en banc’ hearing in bid to overturn same-sex marriage ruling

| Friday, July 18, 2014
Theresa Santai-Gaffney
POTTSVILLE, Pa. — A Pennsylvania county clerk seeking to overturn a federal judge’s ruling allowing same-sex couples to marry in the state, is now asking that the entire U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit consider her bid to defend the state's ban on same-sex marriage. Theresa Santai-Gaffney, the Register of Wills and Orphans’ Court Clerk for...

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Marriage News Watch: Calif. anniversary, waiting on Va. ruling, Colo. ban falls

| Monday, July 14, 2014
Noah Berger, APRainbow flags fly in front of San Francisco City Hall, Wednesday, June 26, 2013, shortly after the U.S. Supreme Court decision that cleared the way for same-sex marriage in California.
This week’s Marriage News Watch report from Matt Baume at the American Foundation for Equal Rights (AFER) marks the one year anniversary of the return of marriage equality in California. It was in late June 2013 that the AFER’s case to overturn Proposition 8 finally concluded and equality was restored. Now, we’re awaiting a ruling in AFER’s Virginia case...

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Pa. county clerk not abandoning fight to appeal same-sex marriage ruling

| Saturday, July 12, 2014
Theresa Santai-Gaffney
POTTSVILLE, Pa. — A Pennsylvania county official seeking to overturn a federal judge's ruling allowing same-sex couples to marry in the state, says she's not abandoning her fight, even after a U.S. Supreme Court justice rejected her bid to put the ruling on hold while she tries to get standing in a legal case to stop them permanently.

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Pennsylvania wedding facility enforces a ‘no same-sex couples’ policy

| Friday, July 11, 2014
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NORTH ABINGTON TOWNSHIP, Pa. -- A Pennsylvania wedding venue has come under fire for refusing to allow a same-sex couple to marry at its facility. The Scranton Times-Tribune reports that The Inne of the Abingtons, located in North Abington, Pa., rejected a recent inquiry by a Greenfield Township woman to host her wedding at the facility because of ...

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Complaint filed against 36 Methodist pastors for blessing same-sex wedding

| Thursday, July 10, 2014
Bishop Peggy Johnson
PHILADELPHIA -- A complaint has been filed against 36 United Methodist ministers who blessed a same-sex wedding in Philadelphia in defiance of church law. The pastors blessed the Nov. 9 ceremony at Philadelphia's Arch Street United Methodist Church to show support for a colleague who faced church discipline for presiding over his gay son's wedding...

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Justice Alito denies clerk’s bid to halt same-sex marriage in Pennsylvania

| Wednesday, July 9, 2014
U.S. Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito
WASHINGTON -- A U.S. Supreme Court justice has rejected a Pennsylvania county clerk's bid to stop gay marriages in the state while she tries to get standing in a legal case to stop them permanently. Without comment, Justice Samuel Alito on Wednesday rejected an appeal by Schuylkill County Orphans' Court Clerk Theresa Santai-Gaffney. The clerk can appeal ...

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County clerk asks Supreme Court to halt same-sex marriage in Pennsylvania

| Monday, July 7, 2014
Theresa Santai-Gaffney
POTTSVILLE, Pa. — A Pennsylvania county official has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to suspend a federal ruling that allows gay couples to marry in the state. Theresa Santai-Gaffney, Schuylkill County’s register of wills and Orphans’ Court clerk, asked the high court on Thursday afternoon to stay the ruling while she pursues an appeal. Her request was...

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Marriage News Watch: Victory in Ky., more hearings from coast-to-coast

| Monday, July 7, 2014
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This week’s Marriage News Watch report from Matt Baume at the American Foundation for Equal Rights (AFER), recaps a big victory in Kentucky, and numerous hearings coming up from one side of the country to the other. Plus, a battle of wills and a surprise move in Colorado. And one of the Prop 8 lawyers is headed back to court — this time, as a judge...

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Federal appeals court rejects Pa. clerk’s bid to appeal same-sex marriage ruling

| Thursday, July 3, 2014
Theresa Santai-Gaffney
PHILADELPHIA -- A federal appeals court has rejected a county official's bid to appeal a ruling that overturned Pennsylvania's same-sex marriage ban. The Philadelphia-based U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit on Thursday denied Schuylkill County Orphans Court Clerk Theresa Santai-Gaffney's request to intervene in the case.

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Pa. county extends same-sex marriage benefits deadline

| Wednesday, July 2, 2014
Allegheny-County
PITTSBURGH -- One western Pennsylvania county is pushing back a deadline for its employees to marry their same-sex partners in order for those partners to keep health care and other benefits.

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