Tuesday, April 18, 2006
Pennsylvania Gay Marriage Amendment
State House to Vote Soon on Gay Marriage Amendment, Senate Bill is in Committee
There is a bill pending before the State House (HB 2381) and State Senate (SB 1084) which would amend the Pennsylvania Constitution as follows:
Only a marriage between one man and one woman shall be valid or recognized as a marriage in this Commonwealth, and neither the Commonwealth nor any of its political subdivisions shall
create or recognize a legal status identical or substantially equivalent to that of marriage for unmarried individuals.
The Pennsylvania Constitution outlines the procedure for amendments in Article XI:
Proposal of Amendments by the General Assembly and Their Adoption
Section 1. Amendments to this Constitution may be proposed in the Senate or House of Representatives; and if the same shall be agreed to by a majority of the members elected to each House, such proposed amendment or amendments shall be entered on their journals with the yeas and nays taken thereon, and the Secretary of the Commonwealth shall cause the same to be published three months before the next general election, in at least two newspapers in every county in which such newspapers shall be published; and if, in the General Assembly next afterwards chosen, such proposed amendment or amendments shall be agreed to by a majority of the members elected to each House, the Secretary of the Commonwealth shall cause the same
again to be published in the manner aforesaid; and such proposed amendment or amendments shall be submitted to the qualified electors of the State in such manner, and at such time at least three months after being so agreed to by the two Houses, as the General Assembly shall prescribe; and, if such amendment or amendments shall be approved by a majority of those voting thereon, such amendment or amendments shall become a part of the Constitution; but no amendment or amendments shall be submitted oftener than once in five years.
We have asked the candidates for their positions.
Doesn't the legislature have anything better to do? I guess protecting an institution that fails half the time is a noble cause..... NOT.Post a Comment