Defendants Reshuffled in Pa. Gay Marriage Case

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    Lawyers on both sides of a court challenge of Pennsylvania's gay-marriage ban have agreed to dismiss Republican Gov. Tom Corbett and Democratic state Attorney General Kathleen Kane as defendants.

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    Papers filed Friday in U.S. District Court say state Revenue Secretary Dan Meuser will be added as a defendant. State Health Secretary Michael Wolf and the Bucks County register of wills were named in the lawsuit and remain defendants.
     
    Pennsylvania American Civil Liberties Union legal director Witold Walczak says Wolf's department deals with marriage and deaths while Meuser's department enforces tax laws central to the plaintiffs' goal of marriage equality.
     
    Walczak describes the changes as largely procedural, designed to align the defendants with the constitutional issues the plaintiffs plan to raise.
     
    Judge John E. Jones III is considering pre-trial motions in the case. No trial date has been set.
     

     


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