The decision by U.S. District Judge John E. Jones III marked the
first and most significant to date in a series of court challenges
to the state’s 1996 ban.
“We are a better people than what these laws represent, and it is
time to discard them onto the ash heap of history,” Jones wrote in
the 39-page opinion. “By virtue of this, ruling, same-sex couples
who seek to marry in Pennsylvania may do so, and already married
same-sex couples will be recognized as such in the Commonwealth.”