PA at Forefront of Marriage Equality Fight

September 2013Articles The Philadelphia Bar Reporter

Pennsylvania has become a battleground state for marriage equality in the wake of the Windsor decision issued by the U.S. Supreme Court. The impact of Windsor and developments in Pennsylvania were presented jointly by the Family Law Section and LGBT Rights Committee on Aug. 5. Richard Boast, Michael Viola, Tiffany Palmer and Rebecca Levin served as panelists. Viola highlighted that Windsor struck down Section 3 of the federal DOMA, which defined marriage as being between one man and one woman, as unconstitutional. Windsor did not, however, strike Section 2 that allows states not to recognize same-sex marriages from other states. As such, Windsor did not provide nationwide approval of same-sex marriage. Pennsylvania still has a mini DOMA defining marriage as between one man and one woman. The commonwealth does not recognize same-sex marriages from other states.

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