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Whitewood v. Wolf

Whitewood v. Wolf (orig. Whitewood v. Corbett) is a federal court challenge filed July 9, 2013, in U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania, by the ACLU on behalf of 23 plaintiffs — 10 couples, 2 of their children, and a widow — seeking to overturn Pennsylvania’s 1996 statutory ban on same-sex marriage. On Nov. 15, 2013, U.S. District Judge John E. Jones III rejected the state’s motion to dismiss the suit, and set the trial date for June 9, 2014.

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Same-sex couples racing to apply for marriage licenses in Pennsylvania

Tuesday, May 20, 2014
Pennsylvania
PHILADELPHIA -- Gay and lesbian couples are racing to pick up marriage licenses in Pennsylvania after a federal judge threw out the state's ban on same-sex unions. [...]

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Federal judge strikes down Pennsylvania ban on same-sex marriage

Tuesday, May 20, 2014
pennsylvania
HARRISBURG, Pa. -- Pennsylvania's ban on same-sex marriage was overturned by a federal judge Tuesday in a decision that legalized the practice throughout the Northeast and sent couples racing to pick up licenses. [...]

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

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

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Pa. governor asks judge to forgo trial, rule in same-sex marriage case

Tuesday, April 22, 2014
Gov. Tom Corbett (R-Pa.)
HARRISBURG, Pa. — Gov. Tom Corbett is now asking a federal judge to decide a constitutional challenge to Pennsylvania's law banning same-sex marriage without a trial. [...]

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Quicker ruling sought in challenge to Pa. same-sex marriage ban

Monday, April 21, 2014
pennsylvania
HARRISBURG, Pa. -- Gay couples and others challenging Pennsylvania's 1996 law banning same-sex marriage asked a federal judge Monday to bypass a trial in favor of a quicker ruling in the case. [...]

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Pa. same-sex marriage advocates keep eyes on state case, federal court rulings

Wednesday, January 15, 2014
Pa. lawmakers Reps. Brian Sims (right) and Steve McCarter have introduced a bill that would allow same-sex couples to get married legally in Pennsylvania.
HARRISBURG, Pa. -- Federal court decisions to overturn bans on same-sex marriage in two conservative states may not have an immediate effect in Pennsylvania, the only northeastern state that does not recognize gay marriages. [...]

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

Tuesday, December 17, 2013
U.S. District Judge John E. Jones
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. [...]

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Pa. accused of stalling in federal challenge to same-sex marriage ban

Monday, December 16, 2013
Marc Levy, APACLU lawyer Witold J. Walczak speaks alongside many of the 23 men, women and children who are plaintiffs in a lawsuit seeking to overturn Pa. ban on same-sex marriage.
HARRISBURG, Pa. -- Lawyers in a federal court challenge to Pennsylvania's law that bans same-sex marriage on Monday accused the state's lawyers of using delay tactics and making unreasonable and intrusive requests for information from their clients, including whether they were ever in an opposite-sex relationship. [...]

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Federal judge sets June trial for Pa. same-sex marriage lawsuit

Friday, November 22, 2013
Marc Levy, APACLU lawyer Witold J. Walczak speaks alongside many of the 23 men, women and children who are plaintiffs in a lawsuit seeking to overturn Pa. ban on same-sex marriage.
HARRISBURG, Pa. -- The trial of a lawsuit challenging Pennsylvania's gay-marriage ban will be held in June, a federal judge said Friday. [...]

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Federal judge rules lawsuit challenging Pa. gay marriage ban can proceed

Friday, November 15, 2013
Pennsylvania
HARRISBURG, Pa. -- A federal court challenge to Pennsylvania's 17-year-old law banning the recognition of same-sex marriages took an important step toward a trial Friday when a judge rejected two different attempts to block the lawsuit. [...]

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