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Suit challenges Pennsylvania's non-recognition of women's marriage performed in Massachusetts

BY KATHY MATHESON, ASSOCIATED PRESS

PHILADELPHIA -- Two women who moved to Pennsylvania after being wed in Massachusetts asked a court on Thursday to force their new home state to recognize the marriage.

Cara Palladino and Isabelle Barker lived in Massachusetts when they got married in 2005 and moved to the Philadelphia area later that year to work at Bryn Mawr College. They had a son in January 2009.

The couple sued the state Thursday, naming Gov. Tom Corbett and Attorney General Kathleen Kane as defendants. Their federal lawsuit — at least the fifth pending lawsuit regarding gay marriage in Pennsylvania — seeks to declare unconstitutional the state statute barring recognition of same-sex marriages.

Thirty-seven states, including Pennsylvania and Florida, do not recognize gay marriages performed legally in other jurisdictions.

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