pjvj (pjvj) wrote,

PA does something right!

For the third time in four years, lawmakers have defeated an attempt to advance legislation to amend the state constitution to ban gay marriage.

This time the Republican-majority Senate Judiciary committee voted 8-6 to table a bill (SB 707), introduced by Sen. John Eichelberger (R., Blair) to amended the constitution to define marriage as being between a man and woman only.

The vote came before a packed hearing room without any debate.

Opponents called it a victory for gay rights.

“I believe that Senate Bill 707 is the antithesis of what Pennsylvanians need and want, and I am happy that the majority of my colleagues agree with me,” said Sen. Daylin Leach (D., Montgomery). “To support a bill that so clearly discriminates against an entire group of people is simply unconscionable and irresponsible.”

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