The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

October 9, 2013

Judge considers pre-trial motions in Pennsylvania same-sex marriage case

By Peter Jackson
The Associated Press

— HARRISBURG — A federal judge is holding off on setting a trial date for a lawsuit challenging Pennsylvania’s ban on same-sex marriage.

U.S. District Judge John Jones III told lawyers today that, before it goes any further, he wants to consider and rule on pre-trial motions, particularly one that claims the federal courts lack jurisdiction over state marriage laws.

William Lamb, a former state Supreme Court justice who’s representing Gov. Tom Corbett and state Health Secretary Michael Wolf, says the case will be over if Jones agrees with that argument based on a four-decade-old U.S. Supreme Court ruling.

Attorneys for the plaintiffs say they don’t expect the motion to be granted. If it is, they say they’ll appeal to the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Philadelphia.