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US court ruling won't change ban on gay marriage in Pennsylvania

Published On: Jun 26 2013 03:37:45 PM CDT
Same-sex marriage, gay marriage

Cliff Despeaux/Reuters

HARRISBURG, Pa. -

The U.S. Supreme Court's ruling on gay marriage says nothing about the validity of Pennsylvania's ban.

Despite the Supreme Court's decision Wednesday, gay marriage bans still stand in Pennsylvania and roughly three dozen other states. Pennsylvania's constitution, however, does not ban gay marriage.

Every other state in the northeastern United States allows same-sex marriage except New Jersey, and it allows civil unions. Pennsylvania doesn't allow civil unions, and a spokesman for Republican Gov. Tom Corbett said he supports a state constitutional ban on gay marriage.

Two Democrats running for governor, John Hanger and Tom Wolf, said it's time for Pennsylvania to allow gay couples to legally marry. Another Democrat running for governor, U.S. Rep. Allyson Schwartz, said every American should have the legal right to marry who they love.