Monday, February 1, 2010

Bill Introduced in PA that Would Define Marriage as One Man, One Woman

According to the Philadelphia Gay News, an anti-gay bill has been introduced by a Pennsylvania senator.

About eight months after he pledged to introduce a bill that would institute a ban on same-sex marriage in the state constitution, Pennsylvania Sen. John Eichelberger (R-30th Dist.) has made good on his promise.

SB 707, which Eichelberger introduced Jan. 26, would add to the Pennsylvania Constitution the language: “Only a union of one man and one woman shall be valid and recognized as marriage.”

Eichelberger announced his intention to spearhead such an initiative last May, and Sen. Daylin Leach (D-17th Dist.) shortly thereafter introduced a measure that seeks to legalize same-sex marriage in the Keystone State.

To amend the constitution, both chambers of the state legislature would have to pass the so-called Marriage Protection Amendment in two consecutive sessions before the question is posed to voters.

“Pennsylvania voters have the opportunity to decide how they want marriage to be defined and not allow an activist judge to make that decision for them,” Eichelberger said in a statement Tuesday. “Thirty-one other states have already gone through a similar process and in each state, the definition of marriage was upheld.”

The bill has 15 other cosponsors: Republican Sens. Gene Yaw (23rd Dist.), Joseph Scarnati (25th Dist.), Mike Folmer (48th Dist.), Robert Robbins (50th Dist.), Richard Alloway (33rd Dist.), Jake Corman (34th Dist.), John Gordner (27th Dist.), Donald White (41st Dist.), Edwin Erickson (26th Dist.), Jeffrey Piccola (15th Dist.), Bob Mensch (24th Dist.), Lloyd Smucker (13th Dist.) and Michael Brubaker (36th Dist.) and Democrats Richard Kasunic (32nd Dist.) and Raphael Musto (14th Dist.).

Eichelberger said he expects the bill to be sent to the Judiciary Committee, where Leach’s measure presently sits.

1 comment:

RazorSharp215 said...

Eichelberger says: “Pennsylvania voters have the opportunity to decide how they want marriage to be defined and not allow an activist judge to make that decision for them.”

Well I'm a Pennsylvania voter, too. Why do I have to have a "activist senator" decide how I want marriage to be defined!?

Why is it that progressive politicians (or progressive voters, such as myself)always have to be subject to namecalling from conservatives like "activist, socialist, unpatriotic, or liberal?" (As if calling someone a "liberal" is an insult like calling someone "stupid.")

Conservatives love holding the country back! I wish Eichelberger would move to Somalia where gay marriage is illegal, being GAY is illegal, there are no gun restrictions, and a SMALL GOVERNMENT! A CONSERVATIVE PARADISE! LMAO!