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    Judge Strikes Down PA Gay Marriage Ban

    RICHMOND, VA - MAY 13:  Alberto Najera wears rainbow lapel pins to show his support for same-sex marriage in front of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals before a court hearing May 13, 2014 in Richmond, Virginia. Three judges from the U.S. 4th Circuit Court of Appeals heard arguments from both sides of the case that seeks to determine whether Virginia's same sex marriage ban is constitutional.  (Photo by Zach Gibson/Getty Images)

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    Federal Judge John Jones overturned Pennsylvania’s ban on same-sex marriage on Tuesday. A suit filed by same-sex couples, their children, and others claimed that the state’s refusal to marry gay and lesbian couples or recognize out-of-state marriages violated the Fourteenth Amendment. In his decision, the judge appointed by George W. Bush and voted onto the bench by Republicans like Rick Santorum said “that same-sex marriage causes discomfort in some does not make its prohibition constitutional.” Jones, who once ran for Congress as a Republican, praised the “courageous” plaintiffs for their work “to end this injustice.” Pennsylvania is the 19th state to legalize gay marriage, and was the last in the Northeast to do so. On Monday, a federal judge in Oregon overturned the state’s same-sex marriage ban.

    Read it at The Philadelphia Inquirer