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US judge to rule on Pennsylvania gay-marriage ban

May 20, 2014

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Gay rights activists should know within hours whether Pennsylvania’s ban on same-sex marriage will be overturned.

State marriage bans have been falling around the U.S. since the Supreme Court’s landmark decision last year striking down part of the federal Defense of Marriage Act, which defines marriage as between a man and a woman.

A federal judge is expected to rule Tuesday on a challenge to Pennsylvania’s 1996 ban.

The plaintiffs include same-sex couples, their children and others who say the marriage ban deprives them of legal and tax benefits.

A court website says U.S. District Judge John Jones will issue his ruling this afternoon.

He could put his order on hold to give time for the losing side to appeal.

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