February 1, 2024

When Was Gay Marriage Legalized in PA?

When was gay marriage legalized in pa

In May 2014, Pennsylvania became the 19th state to recognize same-sex marriages when a federal judge struck down the state’s 1996 law banning them. The decision came after a lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union of Pennsylvania, the American Civil Liberties Union and volunteer counsel from the firm of Hangley Aronchick Segal Pudlin & Schiller on behalf of 23 people who alleged that the ban violates their rights to equal protection under the law and to marry. Governor Tom Corbett did not appeal the ruling.

After the court ruled, Montgomery County Clerk Bruce Hanes continued to issue marriage licenses for same-sex couples, despite a request from the state to stop. Couples flocked to his office in droves, filling the benches every day to get their marriage licenses. Conservative groups reacted with a mixture of resistance and gratitude. One group held a “pray in” and rally at Hanes’ office, while others sent messages of support and appreciation.

Hanes’ refusal to obey the state’s marriage law was a deliberate act of defiance that went against the will of many voters, including the majority of Montgomery County residents. A survey conducted by Morning Call/Muhlenberg College found that 62% of county residents supported same-gender marriage. The poll also found that 37% opposed it, and 6% were undecided. The Supreme Court will soon decide the matter, and it is expected to strike down all bans on same-sex marriage.


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