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Suit challenges Corbett on gay marriage

Published by Tim McNulty on .

Going into a gubernatorial election year the ACLU looks to be putting Republican Tom Corbett -- not to mention state government's highest-ranking Democrat, Attorney General Karen Kane -- on the spot in regards to gay marriage.

Rich Lord has the story on a federal suit filed today seeking to overturn the state's ban on gay marriage in the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court's rejection of parts of the federal Defense of Marriage Act. It focuses on the extra costs facing same sex couples and names Corbett, Kane, Health Secretary Michael Wolf and two county registers of wills -- Donald Petrille Jr. of Bucks County and Mary Jo Poknis of Washington County -- as defendants.

"What we're looking for is for the court to say: Here we are in the 21st century, and you cannot prohibit somebody from participating in this wonderful institution we call marriage," said Witold "Vic" Walczak, legal director of the Pennsylvania ACLU.

"We are expecting a trial in this case -- a relatively short discovery period, and then a trial," he said. "I don't think Tom Corbett is going to lay down on this."

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