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Pa. lesbians sue state, demand recognition for Mass. marriage

A lesbian couple who married under Massachusetts law and then moved to Pennsylvania for work sued their new home state on Thursday, demanding legal recognition for their union.

Pennsylvania doesn't recognize gay marriages or perform them. Cara Palladino and Isabelle Barker are hoping their lawsuit will overturn that, The Associated Press reported.

The two married in Massachusetts, where same-sex nuptials are allowed, in 2005. They had a son in January 2009. And in between, they relocated to Pennsylvania to pursue a job opportunity at Bryn Mawr College.

The couple named Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett and Attorney General Kathleen Kane as defendants in their suit, AP said.

Their intent is to overturn the state statute prohibiting same-sex marriages, and they've filed in federal court. This is the fourth suit brought by gays against Pennsylvania to overturn the ban on same-sex marriage.

Thirty-seven states currently do not recognized gay marriages.

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