The Huffington Post reports:
A federal court challenge to Pennsylvania’s 17-year-old law banning the recognition of same-sex marriages took an important step toward a trial Friday when a judge rejected two different attempts to block the lawsuit. U.S. District Judge John E. Jones III denied the motions to dismiss the lawsuit by Pennsylvania’s secretaries of the departments of Health and Revenue and Bucks County’s register of wills. It is a strong sign the case is headed to trial and, potentially, the U.S. Supreme Court. In a note at the end of his 10-page decision, Jones set a Nov. 22 conference and advised lawyers in the case to be “fully prepared” to discuss the starting date of a trial.
With the victory on New Jersey, Pennsylvania is now the only Northeastern US state that doesn’t allow marriage equality, and even its neighbor to the west, Ohio, looks likely to vote on the issue next year. Amazing how far we’ve come in just a year or two.