Jewish Teacher Files New Gay Marriage Suit in U.S.

Helena Miller and her wife are suing to force Pennsylvania to recognize their marriage - and allow them both to be legal parents of their baby daughter.

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A Jewish teacher from Philadelphia could turn out to be Pennsylvania’s answer to Edie Windsor, whose lawsuit led the U.S. Supreme Court to strike down the federal ban on recognizing same-sex couples' marriages.

Helena Miller, whose wife is not recognized as a parent of their baby daughter, is one of more than 20 people who on July 9 filed a landmark federal lawsuit challenging a law that bans same-sex marriage in Pennsylvania.

The law also bars the state from recognizing such unions performed elsewhere, a provision that directly affects Miller and her family.

“We would really like for our child, when she’s old enough to understand what these things all mean, we want her to understand and see that our family is equal to any other family,” Miller told the Forward.

Miller, 39, has been married to Dana Raspberry, a physician, for three years. She gave birth six weeks ago to a baby girl named Zivah.

But because Pennsylvania bars recognizing couples who married in other states — like Miller and Raspberry, who were wed in Connecticut — Zivah isn’t Raspberry’s child under state law.

Read more at the Forward.

Helena Miller and Dara Raspberry celebrating their wedding in 2010.Credit: Courtesy
Dara Raspberry and Helena Miller hold their newborn baby, Zivah.Credit: Courtesy ACLU

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