ACLU Sues for Gay Marriage in Pennsylvania
Sets sights on Virginia, North Carolina
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Jul 9, 2013 11:23 AM CDT
The ACLU is hoping Pennsylvania will begin allowing gay marriage.   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – The ACLU isn't wasting any time in expanding gay marriage following the Supreme Court's big rulings. First up: a lawsuit in Pennsylvania seeking to end the state's ban on same-sex vows, the New York Times reports. The suit has 23 plaintiffs including a truck driver, a stay-at-home-mom, a doctor, and two teen kids of a lesbian couple. "I want to prove that young people like myself can change the world if they stand up for what they believe in," says Abbey Whitewood, 16.

Since 1996, Pennsylvania law has said marriage is a union between a man and a woman; the state doesn't recognize outside same-sex marriages. It's the only northeastern state that doesn't allow either gay marriage or civil unions, the AP notes. After it launches its Harrisburg effort, the ACLU plans to target Virginia and North Carolina. The organization hopes that a state-by-state approach will color future Supreme Court decisions. Opponents are frustrated that the organization is working via the court system. That "takes it out of the hands of the people," says one.

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1492
Jul 9, 2013 3:53 PM CDT
At Biblical Creation God created Adam and Eve. Not Eve and Eve, Not Adam and Adam which are the flaws in the homosapien creation. Enforcement of Law rooters decree "Enforce the Laws on the books". The law says that Marriage is between a man and a woman. Now ACLU friends, what is so wrong with that? Flaws of the homosapien specie still have a right to feel and love. They have the right to live together. But not the right to marry. It is against your laws. Shouldn't Love come before the right to marry? Live together. Be happy. Sodomize each other. Subject yourselves to HPT viruses. You have that right. But we who are not flaws of creation also have a right to love and freedom. To bear children and raise them and hopefully in a normal healthy society. A Diamond while ever so beautiful, may have a flaw and still be beautiful. 1492
FlowerPower
Jul 9, 2013 2:38 PM CDT
Nothing like complaining about something being taken out of your hands when you're so stubbornly trying to keep something out of other people's hands.
Tomorrows_Children
Jul 9, 2013 1:35 PM CDT
Pat Robertson wants a "vomit" button put on Facebook so he can click on it when he sees a same sex couple kissing. Isn't he a hoot?