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"We are finally joining our brother and sister states of Delaware, New York and New Jersey in recognizing the fundamental right to marry, so that lesbian and gay couples and their families will rightfully receive the many legal and financial protections afforded to heterosexual couples," Fedullo said, referencing U.S. District Court Judge John E. Jones III's 39-page opinion in Whitewood v. Wolf.
"As the Pennsylvania Constitution provides, all people have the right to pursue their own happiness," Fedullo added.
The Chancellor referenced a resolution unanimously adopted by the Philadelphia Bar Association's Board of Governors in January endorsing marriage equality in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and supporting legislation that would afford same-sex couples the freedom to be married within the state. It followed a similar resolution adopted by the Board of Governors in 2006 opposing any constitutional amendment that would prohibit the state from creating or recognizing any legal status identical or substantially equivalent to that of marriage.