Pas Marriage Law Faces A Trial Next Year

11.18.13 | Bob Price

Pennsylvania's ban on homosexual marriage is fair game for a federal court challenge. A judge’s ruling week sets the stage for a landmark trial that could come early next year. U.S. District Judge John E. Jones III repudiated the state's argument that a 1972 decision put the issue off limits for federal jurists, and denied a series of motions to dismiss the challenge. The ACLU of Pennsylvania is pushing for a trial next March or April.  It’s representing about a dozen same-sex couples who are suing the state over it’s Defense of Marriage Act, which was passed nearly 20 years ago to protect traditional marriage.  Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane has refused to enforce the law.