Sunday, June 15, 2014, was a very special day for some same-sex couples in Pittsburgh. Mayor Bill Peduto presided over several same-sex marriages downtown. Sunday was also PrideFest in Pittsburgh, so these marriages were met with a huge celebration. Some of the couples who were married even rode on floats in the Pride Parade. The Mayor wanted to be a part of the annual Pride celebration in Pittsburgh, and certainly found a memorial way to participate in the weekend.
A few days ago, the Honorable John E. Jones III, a Federal Judge in Pennsylvania, decided that the ban on same-sex marriage in the Commonwealth is unconstitutional. Judge Jones further explained that the refusal of Pennsylvania to recognize marriages that were preformed legally in other states is also unconstitutional. Now, the Memorandum Opinion of Judge Jones has been released, and is available to the public. Continue reading below for a breakdown of the opinion in this case.
Today, Pennsylvania Governor, Tom Corbett, said he does not plan to appeal yesterday's ruling making the ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional. The Governor admitted that he believed an appeal would be very unlikely to succeed and thus did not want to extend resources to do so. Therefore, unless a higher court steps in to reconsider this issue, gay and lesbian couples no longer face any legal hurdles to marry in Pennsylvania.
U.S. District Judge John E. Jones III ruled the law barring same-sex marriage in Pennsylvania as unconstitutional today, May 20, 2014. The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and Hangley Aronchick Segal Pudlin & Schiller represented 11 gay couples, two teenage children of a couple involved in the suit, and a widow. The plaintiffs sought Pennsylvania to both recognize gay marriages formed in other states as well as permission to marry in the state of Pennsylvania.