Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Pennsylvania Senator John Eichelberger introduces resolution for constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage

Last year, Pennsylvania Senator Daylin Leach became the first state legislator to introduce marriage equality legislation. It has not received a hearing in the Senate Judiciary Committee, and its prospect of a hearing remains uncertain.

Yesterday, Senator John Eichelberger announced the re-introduction of a constitutional amendment (SB 707) to ban same-sex marriage, following his proposal of last year. (See the text of the resolution in the press release; the state legislature's website has not yet posted it.) He says that he has 15 co-sponsors, and expects that his resolution will be referred to the Senate Judiciary Committee. Read Senator Eichelberger's comments here. The Altoona Mirror also has a report here.

On June 19, 2009, Senators Leach and Eichelberger debated each other on WHYY Radio Times with Marty Moss-Coane. (Listen to the mp3) I expect to issue at least two posts on how they defend their opposing legislative commitments on same-sex marriage, even as they remain friends who respect each other.

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