In a decision that one attorney said could have “far-reaching impact,” the Pennsylvania Superior Court has ruled that Vermont civil unions between same-sex couples are the functional equivalent of marriages for the purposes of dissolution in Pennsylvania.

In a published Dec. 28 opinion, a three-judge panel in Neyman v. Buckley unanimously reversed a ruling by a Philadelphia trial judge who said Pennsylvania courts do not have jurisdiction under the Pennsylvania Divorce Code to dissolve civil unions.

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