Lawmaker introduces antigay-marriage bill
by Jen Colletta
Jan 28, 2010 | 2560 views | 1 1 comments | 18 18 recommendations | email to a friend | print
About eight months after he pledged to introduce a bill that would institute a ban on same-sex marriage in the state constitution, Pennsylvania Sen. John Eichelberger (R-30th Dist.) has made good on his promise.

SB 707, which Eichelberger introduced Jan. 26, would add to the Pennsylvania Constitution the language: “Only a union of one man and one woman shall be valid and recognized as marriage.”

Eichelberger announced his intention to spearhead such an initiative last May, and Sen. Daylin Leach (D-17th Dist.) shortly thereafter introduced a measure that seeks to legalize same-sex marriage in the Keystone State.

To amend the constitution, both chambers of the state legislature would have to pass the so-called Marriage Protection Amendment in two consecutive sessions before the question is posed to voters.

“Pennsylvania voters have the opportunity to decide how they want marriage to be defined and not allow an activist judge to make that decision for them,” Eichelberger said in a statement Tuesday. “Thirty-one other states have already gone through a similar process and in each state, the definition of marriage was upheld.”

The bill has 15 other cosponsors: Republican Sens. Gene Yaw (23rd Dist.), Joseph Scarnati (25th Dist.), Mike Folmer (48th Dist.), Robert Robbins (50th Dist.), Richard Alloway (33rd Dist.), Jake Corman (34th Dist.), John Gordner (27th Dist.), Donald White (41st Dist.), Edwin Erickson (26th Dist.), Jeffrey Piccola (15th Dist.), Bob Mensch (24th Dist.), Lloyd Smucker (13th Dist.) and Michael Brubaker (36th Dist.) and Democrats Richard Kasunic (32nd Dist.) and Raphael Musto (14th Dist.).

Eichelberger said he expects the bill to be sent to the Judiciary Committee, where Leach’s measure presently sits.

Jen Colletta can be reached at jen@epgn.com.

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Steve in Md
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February 04, 2010
Republicans - Patriots - but really our own taliban.

Someone once said that when you see a cross wrapped in a flag, you have a problem.

Exactly the same problem that the Muslim world saw in the period 900-1500, when the christian (actually Catholic) hordes swept into their nations. Estimates range to 40 million murdered over the ages. Because the catholic church joined with corrupt kings in 400AD, and this was the result.

No wonder some of those people in the middle east hate us. And now we have a german pope, who just unexcommunicated a holocaust denier, a Bishop williamson, to bring his 600000 mad followers into the church.

Probably because the church actually operates as a franchise operation. And gets money from the local diosceses on a head count basis.

Money for supporting and encouraging murder.

Their values.

If you are catholic and contribute to Benedicts church in any way, shame on you. To say the least.