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Whitewood v. Corbett - Complaint

Whitewood v. Corbett - Complaint

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Whitewood V. Corbett - Complaint
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marriage for same-sex couples, legislators in favor of the amendment relied on

"moral opposition to same-sex marriages ...and support of the traditional family

unit." 1996 Pa. Legis. J. (House), at 2017; -see

also

id. at 2019 ("[T]he large

majority [of Pennsylvanians] do not want our traditional marriage institution and

our state of morals to be changed."); id. at 2022 ("This is a vote about family

values and traditional beliefs ...."). Some legislators said there was a need to

protect against a financial burden on businesses and taxpayers. Id. at 2018 ("[I]f

we are forced to recognize same-sex marriages, this would put an unfunded

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mandate on our businesses, another burden on our taxpayers, and so on."); id. at

2017 ("Social Security, tax and other benefits presently conferred on spouses

would have to be expanded to include married partners of the same sex. The

financial costs imposed on society by the forced recognition of same-sex marriage

cannot even be calculated at this time."). And, it was argued, "it is imperative that

we in Pennsylvania should stand up for traditional marriage for the benefit of

families and children in the Commonwealth and our future." Id. at 2022. None of

these justifications — or any other justification that might now be offered —passes

constitutional muster.

Moral Opposition to Ma~~iage for Same-Sex Couples and

Support of the Traditional Family

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