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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