New news on the fight for equal marriage in Pennsylvania. A federal lawsuit has been filed. Click through the link after the quote to read the entire article.
A federal lawsuit seeking to overturn Pennsylvania’s ban on same-sex marriage will be filed Tuesday by 11 gay couples and others who say their rights and dignity have been trampled.
The suit comes 13 days after the U.S. Supreme Court struck down the federal law that defined marriage as between a man and a woman, and as national polls show that record numbers of Americans support gay unions.
“Our lives are the same as other people’s lives, and we certainly deserve the same rights and benefits,” said plaintiff Maureen Hennessey, who legally married another Philadelphia woman in Massachusetts. When her spouse died, Hennessey said, she suffered financial penalties not imposed on heterosexual widows.
The plaintiffs in the suit, to be filed in Harrisburg, are couples in committed relationships who want to marry but cannot, or who wed in states that permit same-sex marriage but find their unions are not recognized here. Two plaintiffs are teenage children who say they have been stigmatized by the state’s failure to recognize their parents’ union.