Common-law marriages of same-sex couples must be recognized, Pa. court rules
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Same-sex marriage has been legally recognized in the U. It had never added such a ban to its State Constitution. The state has never recognized civil unions or domestic partnerships and was the last state in the Northeast region where same-sex couples could not legally marry. In September , the Pennsylvania House of Representatives approved Representative Allan Egolf 's R-Perry amendment to ban the performance and recognition of same-sex marriage by a vote of to 16, after an effort to rule it unconstitutional failed by a vote of to The Senate passed the legislation on October 1 by a vote of 43 to 5. Several attempts to recognize same-sex marriages failed in the General Assembly , but failed while the Republican Party had majorities in either the State Senate or House of Representatives.
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CNN -- Going against his personal views, Pennsylvania's governor won't challenge a federal judge's ruling striking his state's same-sex marriage ban, paving the way for gay and lesbian couples to marry there. Tom Corbett announced his decision in a statement Wednesday, a day after U. District Judge John E.
A Pennsylvania appeals court has ruled that common-law marriages entered into by same-sex couples before must be recognized as legally binding. Years after one of the partners died, a state appeals court on Monday ruled that a same-sex couple had a legitimate common-law marriage decades before same-sex marriage became legal in Pennsylvania. The Superior Court ruling means that as the surviving partner, Michael Hunter has the same legal rights, including shared property rights, that any other widow or widower would have following their spouse's death. It also opens the door to the recognition of other same-sex common-law marriages that were entered into before the state abolished common-law marriage in January