Marriage Equality USA

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Current Status

  • Civil marriage equality in effect at the state level since 2014. (Same-sex couples may legally marry.)
  • 2 cases in Federal District Court (3rd), 3 cases in state trial court.


  • PA has prohibited same-sex marriage by statute (state law) since 1996. 
  • Attempts to amend the state constitution to ban marriage equality were made in 2006, 2008, 2010, 2011, and 2013. All failed.
  • Several attempts to legalize same-sex civil marriages failed in the state legislature while the Republicans had the majority in either House.
  • Marriage equality in PA finally became legal on 20 May 2014, when U.S. Federal District Judge John E. Jones III ruled that the Commonwealth's 1996 statutory ban on same-sex marriage was unconstitutional.