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Same-sex marriage has been legally recognized in the U. state of Pennsylvania since May 20, 2014, when a U. federal district court judge ruled that the Commonwealth's 1996 statutory ban on recognizing same-sex marriage was unconstitutional.
On October 1, the Republican-controlled Senate voted 43-5 to concur with the anti-marriage language added by the House.
Governor Ridge signed the act into law on October 8.
On September 25, 2013, the group of 42 individuals who were married with licenses issued by Montgomery County Clerk Hanes, petitioned the Commonwealth Court in Ballen v. Wolf, after the parties agreed that the respondent would be Pennsylvania's Secretary of Health instead of its Governor.
The petitioners sought to overturn the state's same-sex marriage ban on the grounds that it violates both the state and federal constitutions.
The Republican-controlled House voted to add this anti-marriage amendment to the adoption bill. The bill, which had already passed the State Senate, was sent back for a concurrence vote.
After this vote, the House recessed for the summer.
Legislation to extend marriage rights to same-sex couples by amending the statute has been introduced in the Pennsylvania General Assembly several times.