Pennsylvania Gay Marriage Ruling Expected Today: VIDEO
A decision is expected today in Whitewood, et al. v. Wolf, according to the ACLU:
The landmark case to win the freedom to marry in Pennsylvania is expected to be decided on Tuesday, May 20, 2014.
After the court's ruling, we will be hosting Decision Day rallies all across the state where we hope to celebrate a favorable ruling for marriage equality!
Here is our posting on the case back in July of last year.
Rallies are planned. Find out more here.
More on the case:
The American Civil Liberties Union of Pennsylvania, the American Civil Liberties Union, and volunteer counsel from the law firm of Hangley Aronchick Segal Pudlin & Schiller filed a federal lawsuit on July 9, 2013, on behalf of 21 Pennsylvanians who wish to marry in Pennsylvania or want the commonwealth to recognize their out-of-state marriages.
The lawsuit alleges that Pennsylvania's Defense of Marriage Act and refusal to marry lesbian and gay couples or recognize their out-of-state marriages violates the fundamental right to marry as well as the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment. This lawsuit comes in the wake of the ACLU's victory before the U.S. Supreme Court in U.S. v. Windsor, which requires federal recognition for lesbian and gay couples who are married in their home states. Plaintiffs argue that the court should closely scrutinize this discriminatory treatment because the state's Defense of Marriage Act burdens the fundamental right to marry and because it discriminates based on sex and sexual orientation.
A video featuring two of the ACLU's plaintiffs, Maureen Hennessey (and her late partner Mary Beth McIntyre, photo top), AFTER THE JUMP...
Profiles of all the plaintiffs can be found here.
Maureen Hennessey lived with the love of her life, Mary Beth McIntyre, from 1984 until Mary Beth's death on May 18, 2013, at the age of 55. Together they raised three children in Philadelphia. While Mary Beth was suffering the physical and emotional pain of end stage cancer, she had the additional burden of worrying about how Maureen would manage financially after she was gone. Because their marriage is not recognized in Pennsylvania, Maureen must pay a 15 percent inheritance tax on half of their shared property, including their home. And unless their marriage is recognized in Pennsylvania before Maureen turns 65, Maureen will not be eligible to receive Mary Beth's Social Security benefits.
The American Civil Liberties Union of Pennsylvania, the American Civil Liberties Union, and volunteer counsel from the law firm of Hangley Aronchick Segal Pudlin & Schiller filed a federal lawsuit on July 9, 2013, on behalf of Maureen and 22 other Pennsylvanians who wish to marry in Pennsylvania or want the commonwealth to recognize their out-of-state marriages.