Gay Marriage Ban Offers No Federal Question, Pa. Gov. Says

Law360, Philadelphia (October 7, 2013, 8:53 PM EDT) -- Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett’s administration urged a federal judge Monday to toss out a high-profile lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of a 1996 state law banning same-sex marriage, arguing that U.S. Supreme Court precedent left the question of how to define marital relationships exclusively to the states.

In a brief, Corbett’s administration argued that the high court’s 1972 decision in Baker v. Nelson — a case in which the justices declined to review a ruling by Minnesota’s Supreme Court upholding the constitutionality of a state law banning...
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