US judge in Pa. weighs same-sex marriage challenge

    The gay marriage fight in Pennsylvania moves to a federal courtroom Thursday, where a couple will ask a judge to recognize their same-sex marriage.

    Pennsylvania is the only northeast state that bans both same-sex marriage and civil unions. But advocates are trying to change that through various tests cases.

    Cara Palladino and Isabelle Barker married in Massachusetts in 2005. They now live in Philadelphia and work at nearby Bryn Mawr College.

    Their lawyers will ask U.S. District Judge Mary McLaughlin to declare them legally married in Pennsylvania.

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    Republican Gov. Tom Corbett’s administration opposes same-sex marriage. He has asked another federal judge to find the state’s ban on gay marriage constitutional.

    A decision in that case could come any day.

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