In the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent decisions on gay marriage, 10 Pennsylvania couples and a widow are suing the Corbett administration for the right to wed.
The plaintiffs, joined by the children of one couple, have the backing of the American Civil Liberties Union and pro bono legal services from the Philadelphia law firm of Hangley Aronchick Segal Pudlin & Schiller.
About half of the couples were married in other states, but those relationships aren’t legally recognized in Pennsylvania. The other half have been unable to get married in their home state. They live in towns across Pennsylvania and the suit will be filed in the Middle District of Pennsylvania, which has a courthouse in the state capitol of Harrisburg.
“Pennsylvania’s exclusion of same-sex couples from marriage infringes on the due process clause and the equal protection clause of the Fourteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution,” the plaintiffs argued in their complaint.
They are seeking a declaration that Pennsylvania’s ban on gay marriage and refusal to recognize marriages from other states violates the Fourteenth Amendment. They are also seeking a permanent injunction of the ban.
The plaintiffs are announcing the suit in a press conference in Harrisburg this morning.
- Read more about it in Wednesday’s Legal.