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Whitewood v. Corbett - Complaint

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IN 
THE
UNITED STATES 
DISTRICT 
COURTFOR 
THE 
MIDDLE 
DISTRICT 
OF 
PENNSYLVANIA
DEB 
WHITEWOnD 
nd 
SUSAN
WHITEWOOD, 
FREDIA 
HURDLE 
nd
LYNN
HURDLE, 
EDWIN 
ILL, nd 
DAVID
PALMER, 
HEATHER 
POEHLER 
nd 
KATH
POEHI,ER, 
FERNANDOCHANG-MUY
nd
LEN
IESER, 
DAWN 
LUMMER 
nd 
DIANA
POLSON, 
ANGELA 
GILLEM
nd 
GAIL
LLOYD, 
HELENA 
MILLER 
nd 
DARA
RASPBERRY, 
RON 
GEBHARDTSBAUER 
nd
GREG 
WRIGHT, 
MARLA 
CATTERMOLE 
nd
JULIA 
LOBUR, 
MAUREEN 
HENNESSEY,
and 
A.W.
AND 
.W., 
minor 
children, 
by
and
through 
their 
parents 
and.
next 
riends, 
DEB
WHITEWOOD 
nd 
SUSANWHITEWOOD,
Plaintiffs,
v.
THOMAS 
W.
CORBETT, 
n
his 
official
capacity
as
Governor 
of
ennsylvania;
MICHAEL 
WOLF, 
n his
official 
capacity
as
Secretary 
of 
he 
Pennsylvania 
Department 
of
Health;
KATHI.,EEN 
KANE, 
n
her 
official
capacity
as
Attorney
General 
of 
ennsylvania;
MARY 
O 
POKNIS, 
n 
her 
official 
capacity
as
Register 
of 
ills 
of 
Washington County;and
DONALD 
ETRILLE, 
R.,
in
his
official
capacity 
as 
Register 
of 
ills 
and
Clerk 
of
Orphans' Court 
of
Bucks 
County,Defendants.
Civil 
Action
No.
COMPLAINT 
FOR DECLARATORY AND 
INJUNCTIVE RELIEF
 
INTRODUCTION
1.Plaintiffs
bring
this
actionto
challenge the
constitutionality
of
Pennsylvania's
laws
excluding
same
-sex
couples
from
marriage
and
voiding
within
Pennsylvania
the
marriages
ofame
-sexcouples
entered
into
in
other
states.
23
Pa.
C.S.
§§
1102
and
1704.
2.
Plaintiffs
Deb
and
Susan
Whitewood,
redia
and
Lynn
Hurdle,
Fernando
Chang-Muy
and
Len
Rieser,
Dawn
lummer
andDiana
oison,
Angela
Gillem
and
Gail
Lloyd,
and
Ron
Gebhardtsbauer
andGreg
Wright,
relesbian
andgay
couples
in
committed
relationships
who
wish
o
marry
or
the
same
reasons
so
many
other
couples
getmarried
opublicly
declare
their
love
and
commitment
before
their
family,
friends
andcommunity,nd
togive
one
another
the
security
and
protectionsthat
only
marriage
provides.
3.
Plaintiffs
Edwin
Hill
andDavid
Palmer,
Heather
and
Kath
oehler,
Helena
Miller
and
Dara
Raspberry,
and
Marla
Cattermole
and
Julia
Lobur
re
already
married,
having
wed
n
other
states,
but
are
treated
as
legal
strangersin
their
home
tate,
the
Commonwealth
of
ennsylvania.4.
Plaintiff
Maureen
Hennessey
s
a
widow
who
ost
her
spouse
after
29
years
together.
Because
her
spouse
was
a
woman,
heir
marriage
is
not
ecognized
by
he
Commonwealth
of
ennsylvania
and
she
is
not
provided
the
protections
afforded
to
widows
under
Pennsylvanialaw.
 
5. 
Plaintiffs 
A.W. 
nd 
K.W.
re
the 
children 
of ne of 
he
plaintiff
couples. 
The 
actthat 
their
parents
are 
not
permitted 
to
marry 
harms 
them
materially 
by 
educing 
family resources 
and
tigmatizes 
them 
by 
denying 
their
family
social
recognition 
and 
espect.
6.
The
laintiffs 
come
from 
cross
the 
Commonwealth, 
ailing 
from
Philadelphia, 
Downingtown, 
angor, 
arrisburg, 
State 
College,
and
ittsburgh.
They 
come 
from 
ll 
walks 
of
ife:
they 
include 
an 
emergency
room 
octor,
universityprofessors, 
a
ruck
driver,
an 
xecutive 
at 
BNY 
ellon,
sychologist,.
a
dog 
rainer,state 
employees, 
awyers, 
an 
rtist, 
astay-at-home 
mom, 
nd 
etirees.
One 
of 
he 
plaintiffs
served 
in 
the 
Navy 
n 
Vietnam; 
nother 
is
a 
12
-year 
veteran
of
the
Army. 
The 
laintiffs 
reflect 
the 
rich 
diversity 
of 
he
Commonwealth: 
they 
are
African
-American, 
aucasian, 
Latino,
and 
Asian; they 
are
Methodist, 
aptist,
Catholic, 
Quaker, 
ewish, Buddhist,
and 
ecular. 
Many 
ave
been 
ogether 
for
decades, 
and 
some 
re 
raising
children
together. 
The 
ituations 
faced 
by 
hese
couples 
are
similar
to
those
faced 
by
he
thousands 
of 
ame
-sex couples 
in
Pennsylvania
who 
re 
beingdenied 
the 
basic 
rights
that 
are 
afforded 
by
arriage.7. 
The 
laintiff 
couples, 
ike 
other 
committed
ouples, 
have 
ared
for
each 
ther, 
supported 
each 
ther,
acrificed 
for 
each 
other, 
and
made 
lans 
for 
thefuture
with 
each 
other. 
Some 
have 
endured 
great 
challenges 
and 
hardships
together,
such 
as 
financial 
troubles 
and 
erious 
illness.
Maureen 
Hennessey's
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