Two weeks ago, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down, in a 5-4 ruling, the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act prohibiting the federal government from recognizing same sex marriages and providing benefits accordingly.
With its second decision, which dismissed a challenge to California’s Prop 8, the Supreme Court effectively left the decision to permit same sex marriages to the states for the time being. The federal government must recognize these marriages if they are recognized by a state.
Presently, Pa. statute defines marriage as between one man and one woman (which as of Tuesday faces a legal challenge from the ACLU).
In response to the rulings and Pa. statute, a bill was introduced to legalize same sex marriage in Pa., but passage is very likely to be difficult at best.
PoliticsPA asked its readers if they thought same sex marriage would be legalized in Pa. and, if so, when.
437 readers (90%) believe legalization is imminent, but disagree on when. 222 believe it will occur within the next five years, while 135 think it will take 5-10 years, 58 believe it will take at least a decade but not more than two, and 22 believe it will take more than two decades.
46 readers responded that they do not believe same sex marriage will ever be legalized in Pa.
Here are the full results:
Will same-sex marriage will be legal in PA? When?
- Within 5 years (47%)
- In 5-10 years (28%)
- In 10-20 years (12%)
- Never (10%)
- More than 20 years (3%)