Pennsylvania judge rules same-sex marriage ban unconstitutional

By Elizabeth Learned,

Pennsylvania has become the fourth state in three weeks to have its ban on same sex marriage ruled unconstitutional.

According to USA Today, Judge John E. Jones III's ruling came after couples had sued for the right to marry in the state in July. Pennsylvania would become the last state in the Northeast to allow gay couples to wed. The decision could still go through the appeals process.

“The issue we resolve today is a divisive one," the judge said, reports NBC News. "Some of our citizens are made uncomfortable by the notion of same-sex marriage. However, that same-sex marriage causes discomfort in some does not make its prohibition constitutional."

While the attorney general for Pennsylvania reportedly decided not to defend the law, Governor Tom Corbett’s administration decided to take over the law’s defense, USA Today also reported.

Other states have had their bans on same-sex marriages ruled unconstitutional by judges, including Idaho, Arkansas, and most recently Oregon.

Oregon became the 18th state to allow same-sex marriage and now Pennsylvania has been added to the list. According to NBC News, Pennsylvania’s ruling means 44 percent of the country's population lives in states where same-sex marriage is allowed.

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