(PHILADELPHIA) — A federal judge struck down Pennsylvania’s ban on gay marriage Tuesday, saying the law violated the due process and equal protection clauses of the Constitution’s Fourteenth Amendment.
In his opinion, Judge John E. Jones created sections with subheadings titled “For better, for worse,” and “For richer, for poorer,” ending the argument with a statement saying: “In the sixty years since Brown was decided, ‘separate’ has thankfully faded into history, and only ‘equal’ remains. Similarly, in future generations the label same-sex marriage will be abandoned, to be replaced simply by marriage. We are a better people than what these laws represent, and it is time to discard them into the ash heap of history.”
If unchallenged, Pennsylvania is set to become the 19th state to allow marriage for same-sex couples, according to the American Civil Liberties Union. As of Tuesday evening, Gov. Tom Corbett’s office said the lawmaker was in the process of “thoroughly reviewing” the court’s decision.
In 1996, the state passed a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage.
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