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Pennsylvania lawmaker to reintroduce anti-gay marriage amendment

Friday, December 14, 2012

A Pennsylvania state lawmaker said he plans to reintroduce legislation aimed at a state constitutional amendment to define marriage as between one man and one woman, as well as outlaw same-sex civil unions and domestic partnerships.

State Rep. Daryl Metcalfe (R-Cranberry Township, Pa.), on Wednesday circulated a co-sponsorship memo to revive efforts to pass the anti-gay amendment, which he first introduced in May 2011.

Daryl Metcalfe

Advocacy group Equality Pennsylvania released the text of Metcalfe’s memorandum:

In the near future, I will be introducing legislation proposing an amendment to the Constitution of Pennsylvania providing for the definition of marriage as the union of one man and one woman. My legislation is similar to a bill that passed the House in June 2006 by an overwhelming majority.

This constitutional amendment will eliminate confusion as to what constitutes a legal marriage, and it will also designate marriage as the only type of union that will be legally recognized in Pennsylvania. The language contained in my legislation is modeled after Florida’s marriage protection amendment, which was approved by more than 60 percent of Florida voters in 2008. To date, voters in 30 states have ratified similar amendments to their state constitution.

It is important that we support traditional marriage and have constitutional amendments to protect it at the state level. Marriage is a common good, not a special interest. Special interests should not have the right to redefine marriage for all of us.

Metcalfe first introduced House Bill 1434 on May 2, 2011, to “define” marriage as a union between one man and one woman and outlaw any other legal union that is treated as marriage or the substantial equivalent, such as civil unions or domestic partnerships.

Last April, the House State Government Committee, which Metcalfe chaired, put off debate on the measure.

In 2010, three Republican state senators crossed the aisle to help defeat a similar measure sponsored by Sen. John H. Eichelberger, Jr.

Currently, Pennsylvania bans same-sex marriage by law, but opponents of same-sex marriage say the institution remains vulnerable to a legal challenge without a constitutional amendment.

Capital observers in Harrisburg agree that such an amendment is a long shot, as it would need approval by both chambers of the General Assembly during two consecutive sessions, and then pass a public ballot referendum.

A similar measure in Minnesota was defeated by voters on Nov. 6.

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21 more reader comments:

  1. That’s fucking horrible!!!!!!!! This is why i hate the state i live in!

    Posted on Friday, December 14, 2012 at 2:32pm
  2. It’s gonna happen, Sr. Move on…

    Posted on Friday, December 14, 2012 at 2:34pm
  3. send him a note and tell him how wrong he is to do this.

    Posted on Friday, December 14, 2012 at 2:34pm
  4. Vote em out!!

    Posted on Friday, December 14, 2012 at 2:38pm
  5. What don’t people understand about the US Constitution? WE ALL HAVE EQUAL RIGHTS!!!! Not just straight people, not just men, not just caucasian people EVERYONE.

    Posted on Friday, December 14, 2012 at 2:39pm
  6. i’m surprised with all the violence and shootings and all the bills being passed that are discriminatory second class citizen laws for gays.. that a gay person hasn’t just shot all those fucking homophobes i mean that would actually be helping in a way in my opinion because they’re just holding humanity back from inevitable evolution and i know that they are people with feelings but i’m a person with feelings and it doesn’t seem to phase them much. just a thought.

    Posted on Friday, December 14, 2012 at 2:39pm
  7. Let’s introduce this lawmaker to the New USA and to the exit from his position.

    Posted on Friday, December 14, 2012 at 2:43pm
  8. They are on their way out. It will stop nothing, One last scream before they fade out.

    Posted on Friday, December 14, 2012 at 2:45pm
  9. Why can’t these meddlers just leave people alone? Can’t they see there are MORE IMPORTANT ISSUES?????

    Posted on Friday, December 14, 2012 at 2:51pm
  10. i don’t think it will come to pass

    Posted on Friday, December 14, 2012 at 2:55pm
  11. VOTE EM OUT

    Posted on Friday, December 14, 2012 at 3:05pm
  12. He had better wait and see what the Supreme Court does

    Posted on Friday, December 14, 2012 at 3:10pm
  13. The world is changing and so are the people get over it Pennsylvania Lawmaker your theory is invalid. Go back to your parents why don’t you.

    Posted on Friday, December 14, 2012 at 3:20pm
  14. Was Pennsylvania not the home of Quakers. Too bad, these days, because they might have been more liberal – and educated.

    Posted on Friday, December 14, 2012 at 3:20pm
  15. Tanya, because we are better than that. Violence is never the answer to political disagreements. We can advance our cause in a positive way as we showed in this past election. We WON in 4 States through hard work and building support among our fellow citizens, that is what needs to happen in Pennsylvania.

    Posted on Friday, December 14, 2012 at 3:37pm
  16. Why does this party hate so much? Another potential closet case

    Posted on Friday, December 14, 2012 at 3:44pm
  17. Idiots like this stupid fuck need to learn how to mind their own fucking business. Worry about themselves and nobody else. It’s just going to fail. Why waste all that time and money when the money could be used for something. Like, helping people less fortunate than you for instance. But I guess for clowns like this douchebag, it’s too much to ask or do.

    Posted on Friday, December 14, 2012 at 6:09pm
  18. sick man

    Posted on Friday, December 14, 2012 at 7:01pm
  19. Omg. is this amendment passes anytime, I’ll be very disappointed. Pennsylvania, my hometome, do not approve this amendment.

    Posted on Friday, December 14, 2012 at 9:55pm
  20. sick fucker

    Posted on Friday, December 14, 2012 at 11:48pm
  21. i believe everyone deserves equal rights, but this is the world we live in…

    Posted on Saturday, December 15, 2012 at 10:16am