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Same-sex marriage in Pennsylvania became legal on May 20, 2014, when a U.S. federal district court judge ruled that the Commonwealth's 1996 statutory ban on recognizing same-sex marriage was unconstitutional.[1] The state had prohibited recognition of same-sex marriage by statute since 1996. It had never added such a ban to its state constitution.

The state has never recognized civil unions or domestic partnerships and was the last state in the Northeast region where same-sex couples could not legally marry.[2]

Economic Impact Edit

A UCLA study[3] found that allowing same-sex couples to marry in Pennsylvania will add nearly $100 million to the state's economy.[4] Total spending related to weddings and wedding-related tourism will account for up to $92 million in the first three years, and state and local tax revenues are expected to increase by up to $5 million. Additionally, up to 1,142 new full- and part-time jobs are expected to be created by the additional economic activity.[3]

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References Edit

  1. Botelho, Greg. "Federal judge rules same-sex marriage ban in Pennsylvania is unconstitutional", May 20, 2014. Retrieved on May 21, 2014. 
  2. Heller, Karen. "Pennsylvania stands alone on yet another issue", October 24, 2013. Retrieved on December 3, 2013. 
  3. 3.0 3.1 Estimating the Economic Boost of Marriage for Same-Sex Couples in Pennsylvania. UCLA. Retrieved on May 25, 2014.
  4. Same-sex marriage will add nearly $100 million to Pennsylvania's economy. UPI. Retrieved on May 25, 2014.


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