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Case Name Palladino v. Corbett PB-PA-0013
Docket / Court 2:13-cv-05641-MAM ( E.D. Pa. )
State/Territory Pennsylvania
Case Type(s) Public Benefits / Government Services
Special Collection Same-Sex Marriage
Case Summary
On September 26, 2013, a same-sex couple, married under the laws of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, filed suit under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. The plaintiffs challenged the constitutionality of Pennsylvania's marriage law, 23 ... read more >
On September 26, 2013, a same-sex couple, married under the laws of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, filed suit under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. The plaintiffs challenged the constitutionality of Pennsylvania's marriage law, 23 Pa. Cons. Stat. § 1704, to the extent that it barred recognition of same-sex marriages legally valid under the laws of other states. They also challenged Section 2 of the Defense of Marriage Act, 28 U.S.C. § 1738C, to the extent that the Pennsylvania statute purported to be authorized by this federal law.

Specifically, the plaintiffs, represented by private counsel, sought declaratory and injunctive relief including a declaration that Pennsylvania's refusal to recognize marriages validly entered into under the laws of another sovereign state violated the Full Faith and Credit Clause and the fundamental right to travel of the United States Constitution. Plaintiffs sought a declaration that the Pennsylvania statute barring same-sex marriage violated the Fourteenth Amendment of the United States Constitution and that Section 2 of DOMA violated the Full Faith and Credit Clause of the United States Constitution. Finally, the plaintiffs sought an injunction directing Pennsylvania to recognize the marriage of same-sex couples validly entered into in states other than Pennsylvania.

On May 22, 2014, the Court ordered that the Plaintiffs show cause as to why their case should not be dismissed as moot, given that Whitewood v. Wolf held that the state law was unconstitutional. 2014 WL 2058105 (M.D. Pa. May 20, 2014) (PB-PA-0012 in this Clearinghouse). The Court then, on September 8, 2014, placed this matter in civil suspense pending an appeal to the United States Supreme Court in Whitewood v. Wolf.

The parties then voluntarily dismissed the case on October 22, 2014, in accordance with the Court's decision in Whitewood permanently enjoining the enforcement of the Pennsylvania same-sex marriage ban.

The Court denied the Philadelphia Metro Task Force's motion to intervene on November 29, 2014. On appeal, the Third Circuit affirmed the District Court's decision to deny the motion to intervene and the appeal was dismissed for lack of jurisdiction.

The case is now closed.

Carlyn Williams - 10/16/2013
Claire Lally - 04/05/2015


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Affected Gender
Female
Male
Constitutional Clause
Due Process
Equal Protection
Right to travel
Defendant-type
Jurisdiction-wide
Discrimination-basis
Sexual orientatation
General
Disparate Impact
Disparate Treatment
Marriage
Public benefits (includes, e.g., in-state tuition, govt. jobs)
Plaintiff Type
Private Plaintiff
Causes of Action 42 U.S.C. § 1983
Defendant(s) Attorney General's Office
Governor of Pennsylvania
Plaintiff Description Same-sex couple married under laws of Massachusetts seek recognition of their marriage under the laws of Pennsylvania on their own behalf and for their son.
Class action status sought No
Class action status granted No
Filed Pro Se No
Prevailing Party Plaintiff
Public Int. Lawyer No
Nature of Relief Injunction / Injunctive-like Settlement
Source of Relief Settlement
Form of Settlement Voluntary Dismissal
Filing Year 2013
Case Closing Year 2015
Case Ongoing No
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Docket(s)
2:13-cv-05641-MAM (E.D. Pa.)
PB-PA-0013-9000.pdf | Detail
Date: 05/06/2015
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Press Release September 26, 2013
PB-PA-0013-0002.pdf | External Link | Detail
Date: 09/26/2013
Complaint for Declaratory and Injunctive Relief [ECF# 1]
PB-PA-0013-0001.pdf | Detail
Date: 09/26/2013
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Statement of Interest of the United States [ECF# 51]
PB-PA-0013-0005.pdf | Detail
Date: 04/04/2014
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Order [ECF# 80] (E.D. Pa.)
PB-PA-0013-0003.pdf | Detail
Date: 09/08/2014
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Stipulated Order of Voluntary Dismissal [ECF# 81] (E.D. Pa.)
PB-PA-0013-0004.pdf | Detail
Date: 10/22/2014
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
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Judges McLaughlin, Mary A. (FISC, E.D. Pa.) show/hide docs
PB-PA-0013-0003 | PB-PA-0013-0004 | PB-PA-0013-9000
Plaintiff's Lawyers Banks, Michael L. (Pennsylvania) show/hide docs
PB-PA-0013-9000
Brown, Vanessa Renee (Pennsylvania) show/hide docs
PB-PA-0013-9000
Dimattio, Melina R. (Pennsylvania) show/hide docs
PB-PA-0013-9000
Jerner, Benjamin L. (Pennsylvania) show/hide docs
PB-PA-0013-0001 | PB-PA-0013-9000
Kraeutler, Eric (Pennsylvania) show/hide docs
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Mandycz, William O. (Pennsylvania) show/hide docs
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McEnroe, Elisa P. (Pennsylvania) show/hide docs
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Palmer, Tiffany L. (Pennsylvania) show/hide docs
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Defendant's Lawyers Craig, Christopher B. (Pennsylvania) show/hide docs
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Frank, Joel L. (Pennsylvania) show/hide docs
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Giunta, M. Abbegael (Pennsylvania) show/hide docs
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Goldberg, Arthur Robert (District of Columbia) show/hide docs
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Lamb, William H. (Pennsylvania) show/hide docs
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McBride, Maureen M. (Pennsylvania) show/hide docs
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Other Lawyers Delery, Stuart F. (District of Columbia) show/hide docs
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Kneedler, Jennie L. (District of Columbia) show/hide docs
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Lin, Jean (District of Columbia) show/hide docs
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Memeger, Zane D. (Pennsylvania) show/hide docs
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