3rd Circ. Bid In Pa. Gay Marriage Challenge Gets Axed

Law360, New York (December 17, 2013, 10:04 PM EST) -- A Pennsylvania federal judge refused Tuesday to certify an interlocutory appeal to the Third Circuit to challenge his decision denying a motion to dismiss a lawsuit that sought to declare unconstitutional the state's ban on same-sex marriage.

Pennsylvania officials had argued that the claims in the lawsuit did not fall under federal jurisdiction and that the U.S. Supreme Court’s 1972 decision in Baker v. Nelson was a basis for dismissing the suit. In that ruling, the justices declined to review a Minnesota Supreme Court decision upholding...
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