PNA Calendar of Events

Reporters’ Series: Same-Sex Marriage in PA: Walk Down the Aisle of Pending Legal Cases

  • Date: Feb 14, 2014 - Feb 14, 2014
  • Address: Teleconference - Phone In
  • Contact: Kathleen Landis
  • Email:
  • Phone: 717-703-3012

As gay marriage continues to be legalized in states across the country, marriage equality lawsuits are being filed in federal and state courts in Pennsylvania. With the topic of marriage equality, there is always something old and something new.  We’re all familiar with the U.S. Supreme Court’s 2013 decision on the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA).  Legal challenges are reaching beyond Montgomery County into communities across the state.  The legal implications of these cases and decisions are complicated. We’ll discuss the three cases pending in Pennsylvania state and federal courts challenging Pennsylvania’s Defense of Marriage action, including the anticipated summer trial of Whitewood v. Wolf in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania.  In addition, learn more about the Internal Revenue Service and the Social Security Administration’s inconsistent rules on recognizing same-sex marriages. 

Listen in on Feb. 14, as internationally-recognized legal expert Prof. Bob Rains explains the current cases and the potential outcomes for Pennsylvania residents.

Teleconference is scheduled to begin promptly at 12 noon.  Cost: $10 per phone line for PNA members.  $20 for non-members.  To register, email Kathleen Landis or phone her at 717-703-3012.

Presenter: Bob Rains, Professor Emeritus, Pennsylvania State University
Robert E. (Bob) Rains is professor emeritus at the Pennsylvania State University Dickinson School of Law. During most of his 30 years at the law school, he taught courses in Family Law and Juvenile Law, and supervised students representing indigent clients in the Family Law Clinic.  For many years he also taught a course on Comparative and International Family Law in Florence, Italy.  He has made presentations on family law issues to legal groups not only around the United States, but also in Australia, Norway, England, and, most recently, in Tel Aviv this January. His articles on family law and international family law have appeared in numerous journals in the United States and abroad. Professor Rains was awarded his J.D. from Harvard Law School in 1974. Prior to joining the law school in 1983, he was a Deputy Attorney General in the PA Department of Justice, from 1974-1979, and he also worked in private practice.

This is another in a series of sessions being made available through the PNA Foundation’s Reporters’ Series.  The Reporters’ Series is meant to provide an educational, non-partisan forum for in-depth exploration of important and timely policy issues impacting the Commonwealth. Through these inexpensive and convenient teleconference sessions, you can simply phone in and listen to experts explain the particulars of a policy topic or pending legislation.  Straight facts that will help you better understand and cover an issue and its effect on your community and readers.

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