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Let freedom ring, congrats Pennsylvania
The dominoes continue to fall, with a federal district court judge in Pennsylvania ruling in favor of marriage equality just a day after a judge in Oregon did the same. "In future generations, the label same-sex marriage will be abandoned, to be replaced simply by marriage," Judge John Jones concluded in the Pennsylvania case. "We are a better people than what these laws represent, and it is time to discard them into the ash heap of history."

Oregon's state government had refused to defend the state's same-sex marriage ban, but in Pennsylvania, Republican Gov. Tom Corbett continues to push to uphold the ban though Democratic Attorney General Kathleen Kane has refused to defend it. That makes an immediate appeal likely.

11:49 AM PT:
There is NO STAY in the court's order; marriage equality in Pennsylvania begins today? http://t.co/...  #butVOTEfirst
@adambonin

12:03 PM PT (Barbara Morrill): And just a little fun fact on Judge Jones:

His nomination was backed by then-Sen. Rick Santorum, and advanced by his fellow Republican President George W. Bush.

Originally posted to Daily Kos on Tue May 20, 2014 at 11:41 AM PDT.

Also republished by Kossacks for Marriage Equality, Pittsburgh Area Kossacks, Philly Kos, and DKos Pennsylvania.

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