Challenge To Pa. Gay Marriage Ban Beats Dismissal Bid

Law360, Philadelphia (November 15, 2013, 2:01 PM EST) -- The suit challenging Pennsylvania’s law banning same-sex marriage cleared a major hurdle Friday, after a federal judge in Harrisburg ruled that significant changes in due process and equal protection jurisprudence in the last 40 years barred him from granting motions aimed at having the complaint dismissed.

U.S. District Judge John Jones III ruled that defendants in the suit could not rely on the U.S. Supreme Court’s 1972 decision in Baker v. Nelson, a case in which the justices declined to review a ruling by Minnesota’s Supreme...
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