Trial set for June to determine legality of Pa.'s gay-marriage ban'


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Pennsylvania's ban on gay marriage is now set to be the subject of a June 9 trial.

U.S. District Judge John E. Jones III set the trial date today, and lifted a stay on discovery, following a status conference in the case filed by 10 couples and one widow against state and county officials. The trial will be held in the Harrisburg Federal Courthouse.

Last week Judge Jones denied a series of motions to dismiss the challenge, setting up the trial.

The plaintiffs, led by Deb and Susan Whitewood of Bridgeville, sued to overturn the state's Defense of Marriage Act, which defines marriage as between a man and a woman. They sued in federal court because they claimed their rights to equal protection under the law were violated.

They are represented by the American Civil Liberties Union of Pennsylvania and Philadelphia law firm Hangley Aronchick Segal Pudlin & Schiller.

The defendants are state Secretary of Health Michael Wolf, state Secretary of Revenue Dan Meuser and Bucks County Register of Wills Donald Petrille.


Rich Lord: rlord@post-gazette.com or 412-263-1542. Twitter: @richelord.

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