A federal judge in Pennsylvania rejected the state’s attempt to take the way his jurisdiction in the case, based on an old, old, old Minnesota marriage equality case from 1972.
Edge Boston reports:
U.S. District Judge John Jones on Tuesday rejected the state’s argument that his court lacks the power to hear the case, and suggested that the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals would agree with him. Jones says there’ve been “substantial and far-reaching” developments in how courts treat equal protection and due process rights since the U.S. Supreme Court’s 1972 decision that it lacked the jurisdiction to decide whether a Minnesota law banning same-sex marriages violated the Constitution.
Good for him for rejecting this transparent attempt to nix the lawsuit. The case will get its day in court on June 9.
Perhaps trying to burnish his anti-gay image, Governor Tom Corbett came out today in favor of some protections for LGBT citizens in the state.
Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett, who so far had been no friend to the gay community, has backed a bill that would protect LGBT residents from discrimination in housing, employment, and public accommodations. Corbett, who has previously staked out conservative positions on social issues, told The Inquirer that he was “coming out in support” of the bill after learning that federal law does not cover discrimination in the state.
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