Law banning same-sex marriage struck down in Pennsylvania and across the U.S.
WRITTEN BY R. CLEVENGER, AAI NEWS TEAM
On Tuesday May 20, a U.S. District Judge struck down Pennsylvania’s law banning marriage equality. Until this point, Pennsylvania was the only state in the Northeast that did not support same-sex marriages.
In the ruling, Judge John Jones III wrote, “We are a better people than what these laws represent, and it is time to discard them into the ash heap of history.” However, the struggle against this discrimination may not be over in Pennsylvania, as its conservative Governor Tom Corbett may or may not appeal the ruling. This is what recently happened in Idaho, where a district magistrate denied the governor’s motion to place same sex marriages on hold pending the governor’s appeal.
This ruling is yet another move in favor of marriage equality within the U.S. Just recently, Oregon became the 18th state with marriage equalitywhen a district judge ruled in favor of a challenge against the state’s ban, joining New Mexico and Hawaii in legalizing same sex unions, both of which only did so near the end of 2013. Federal and state judges in Idaho, Oklahoma, Virginia, Michigan, Texas, Utah, and Arkansas have also ruled that the ban on same-sex marriages is unconstitutional.
It does seem that we are seeing the advocates of marriage equality finally getting onto solid footing, and perhaps the grasp religion has on our politics is finally slipping. However, it has been a long fight for equality and we still have many more victories ahead.
UPDATE: Governor Corbett says he will not appeal the Judge’s decision, stating “The case is extremely unlikely to succeed on appeal. Therefore, after review of the opinion and on the advice of my commonwealth legal team, I have decided not to appeal.”