Federal judge strikes down same-sex marriage ban in Pennsylvania

By Reuters
Tuesday, May 20, 2014 14:39 EDT
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HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania (Reuters) – A federal judge on Tuesday struck down Pennsylvania’s ban on same-sex marriage, the latest in a series of court decisions across the nation determining gay couples’ rights to wed.

The ruling makes Pennsylvania the 19th U.S. state to allow gay marriage in a trend that has gained momentum since the Supreme Court ruled last June that legally married same-sex couples are eligible for federal benefits.

(Reporting by Ellen Wulfhorst; Editing by Dina Kyriakidou)

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