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Same-sex marriage and divorce could be coming to Pennsylvania

Same-sex marriage has been a controversial issue for an extended period of time and continues to be today. There are often headlines made dealing with same-sex marriage and divorce as states legalize the unions of same-sex couples and what impact those legalizations have. Pennsylvania is currently the only northeastern state that has not yet legalized same-sex marriage, but challenges to the ban could be making a difference.

Five cases from same-sex couples in Pennsylvania have been filed after the federal definition of marriage as being between one man and one woman was overturned. One in particular has cause controversy as the Pennsylvania Attorney General stated that she would not defend the state's ban. This particular case was one of the first filed after the Supreme Court reversal of the law defining marriage.

Those against same-sex marriage moved to have the case dismissed, but a District Judge has rejected the dismissal of the case. A court date has been tentatively set for June of next year. If the case moves in favor of the same-sex couples, it could mean a great deal of legal changes for the state.

If the changes come into action, same-sex marriage and divorce could see a significant difference in Pennsylvania. As a result of this case and others like it moving forward, those concerned with and interested in the matter may wish to stay updated on the state laws regarding this area. Information could become much-needed in the near future as same-sex marriage could also mean same-sex divorce in Pennsylvania, and couples may wish to learn how to move forward with their situations.

Source: Huffington Post, Pennsylvania Gay Marriage Ban Challenge Could Go To Trial In June, Daniel Kelley, Nov. 22, 2013

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