HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Lawyers in a court challenge to Pennsylvania’s ban on same-sex marriage are slated to meet with a federal judge.

U.S. District Judge John Jones and attorneys for both sides were expected to discuss possible trial dates and other scheduling matters in Wednesday’s meeting in Harrisburg.

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The lawsuit challenging the state’s ban on same-sex marriages was filed in July on behalf of 23 men, women and children, the first in a growing number of legal challenges to the law.

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At issue is a 1996 amendment to Pennsylvania’s marriage law that defines marriage as a civil contract between “one man and one woman.” Pennsylvania also does not recognize legal same-sex marriages entered in other states.

It is the only northeastern state where same-sex marriages or civil unions are not legal.

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