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Friday, December 14, 2012

Metcalfe v. marriage, again

Posted By on Fri, Dec 14, 2012 at 9:23 AM

Republican State Rep. Daryl Metcalfe, the pride of Cranberry, has announced he will pursue legislation that will define marriage as between a man and a woman in the state's constitution, again.

In a memorandum sent to House members yesterday, Metcalfe said his constitutional amendment will "eliminate confusion as to what constitutes a legal marriage, and it will also designate marriage as the only type of union that will be legally recognized in Pennsylvania."

"It is important that we support traditional marriage and have constitutional amendments to protect it at the state level. Marriage is a common good, not a special interest," he wrote in his memo. "Special interests should not have the right to redefine marriage for all of us."

Pennsylvania already has its own Defense of Marriage Act. Meanwhile, the 2012 General Election has been touted as a banner day for LGBT rights and marriage equality, with same-sex marriage winning at the ballot box in four states. And more and more polls and studies show that marriage equality is gaining ground.

Equality Pennsylvania, the state's LGBT advocacy organization, issued a call to arms last evening via email, noting they had stopped similar legislation from Metcalfe last year.

"In 2013, we intend a repeat performance if this ugly and mean-spirited proposal rears its head," Ted Martin, Equality Pennsylvania's executive director said in the email. "That’s our guarantee."

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