Judge: June trial for Pennsylvania gay marriage lawsuit
Back-up links:Judge: June trial for Pennsylvania gay marriage lawsuit
HARRISBURG (AP) — A federal judge in Harrisburg says he’ll schedule a June trial for a lawsuit challenging Pennsylvania’s gay-marriage ban.
U.S. District Judge John E. Jones III told lawyers in the case Friday he would set a trial date and a timetable for pre-trial discovery and depositions soon.
Lawyers for the state sought an August trial, but Jones said the delay was unnecessary.
Pennsylvania is the only northeastern state that bars same-sex marriage. Nationally, Illinois this week joined 15 other states and the District of Columbia in allowing it.
The federal lawsuit was the first of at least six state and federal lawsuits that challenge aspects of the 17-year-old Pennsylvania law. Civil rights lawyers filed it on behalf of plaintiffs who include a widow, 11 couples and one couple’s two teenage daughters.
Judge: June trial for Pa. gay marriage lawsuit - SFGate
Judge: June trial for Pa. gay marriage lawsuit - abc27 WHTM
Judge: June Trial for Pa. Gay Marriage Lawsuit | NBC 10 Philadelphia
EDGE Boston :: Gay News
Judge set June trial for challenge to Pa. gay marriage ban
still a while off but looks like PA is going to be one of the next with and protecting equal rights for gays! I hope so, it'll make me proud to live in a state that supports equal rights.
Living in this time of change is so exciting, watching the fight for equal rights and seeing it win is something almost indescribable. A mixture of awe, relief, being proud, excited and thankful.
16 states and DC have equal rights:
California - June 28, 2013
Connecticut - November 12, 2008
Delaware - July 1, 2013
Hawaii - December 2, 2013 effective
Illinois - June 1, 2014 effective
Iowa - April 27, 2009
Maine - December 29, 2012
Maryland - January 1, 2013
Massachusetts - May 17, 2004
Minnesota - August 1, 2013
New Hampshire - January 1, 2010
New Jersey - October 21, 2013
New York - July 24, 2011
Rhode Island - August 1, 2013
Vermont - September 1, 2009
Washington - December 6, 2012
16 more are in various stages of fighting or establishing a fight for equal rights
New Mexico – is granting equal rights for now and the SSC is going to decided on this soon
Court Case(s) in the works to establish equal rights:
Michigan (Feb Trial)
Pennsylvania (June Trial)
Court Case(s) and Legislation in the works, which ever wins first:
Ohio (December 2013 trial)
Legislation in the works:
thats 32 states that could have equal rights by 2015 and some much sooner!