A Pennsylvania state court judge has declared a same-sex couple married under common law even though one of the spouses died before the state’s ban on same-sex marriage was struck down.

In a one-page order Wednesday, Bucks County Court of Common Pleas Judge C. Theodore Fritsch Jr. granted Sabrina Maurer’s request to have her 2001 commitment ceremony to Kimberly Underwood and subsequent 12 years of cohabitation declared a common law marriage.

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