Pennsylvania gay marriage ban overturned by judge
PHILADELPHIA
— Pennsylvania’s ban on gay marriage was overturned by a federal judge Tuesday in a decision that legalized same-sex unions throughout the Northeast and sent couples racing to pick up licenses. U.S. District Judge John E. Jones III called the plaintiffs — a widow, 11 couples and one couple’s teenage daughters — courageous for challenging the constitutionality of the ban passed by lawmakers in 1996. “We are a better people than what these laws represent, and it is time to discard them into the ash heap of history,” the judge wrote. More