Pennsylvania legislature votes on marriage amendment
Gary at American Agenda alerts us to what’s at stake today in Santorum country.
Tuesday April 4th, the Pennsylvania House of Representatives will be voting on the future of thousands of PA Families. And the vote they consider is one that will cause great damage in the name of alleged protection.
Those that would have the Legislature believe marriage between anything other than a man or a woman is an abomination to God are screaming louder than we are! People, this is our fight to lose!
I think Stacey Sobel from the Center for Lesbian and Gay Civil Rights hits the nail squarely on the head:
House Bill 2381, the so-called Marriage Protection Amendment, represents an attack on the legal rights of Pennsylvanians. It will not prevent one couple from getting divorced. It will not provide support to any couples struggling to find their way. It will not feed, clothe or educate a family’s child. All of us would describe ourselves as “pro-family.” This amendment, however, does not help even one family, but has the potential to harm thousands.
The Senate Judiciary Committee is taking up the issue for the first time in two years – a period where legal and legislative disputes over same-sex relationships have continued to ignite heated debates in Minnesota and dozens of other states.
“We’ve been kind of begging for this for a long time,” said Sen. Michele Bachmann, R-Stillwater, the leading legislative booster of a constitutional ban on legal recognition of same-sex relationships.
The House of Representatives has already passed the amendment twice. If the Senate follows suit, voters in November would be asked to constitutionally define marriage as strictly between one man and one woman. It would also eliminate the possibility of civil unions, and foes of the measure say it could also block domestic partner benefits, hospital visitation rights and other legal benefits of civil marriage.
To say the hearing is a hot ticket isn’t an exaggeration. Legislative committee hearings are open to the public, but with emotions running high around the gay marriage issue, the Judiciary Committee is issuing two blocks of 50 tickets, one for amendment supporters and the other for opponents.