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Trial date set in gay-marriage suit

on November 23, 2013 10:34 AM

HARRISBURG (AP) — A federal judge has set a June 9 trial date for a lawsuit challenging the state’s gay-marriage ban.

U.S. District Judge John E. Jones III on Friday ordered that the trial be held at the federal courthouse in Harrisburg and set a timetable for pre-trial motions and other paperwork.

Jones issued the order following a meeting with lawyers in the case Friday morning.

The federal lawsuit is the first of at least six state and federal court suits challenging aspects of the 17-year-old Pennsylvania law. Civil rights lawyers filed it in July on behalf of plaintiffs who include a widow, 11 couples and one couple’s two teenage daughters.

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