Gay marriage is on the minds of many LGBT citizens of Pennsylvania. As Delaware gets ready to sign civil unions into law and New York moves closer to legalizing same-sex marriage, Pennsylvania may be next on the list to address the issue. As more Americans than ever are voicing their support for marriage equality across the country, one home state representative is pushing for an amendment to the constitution that would outlaw marriage and civil unions between same-sex couples in the state. Period.
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But yesterday, State Rep. Dan Frankel (D-Allegheny) issued a statement sharply criticizing Rep. Daryl Metcalfe (R-Butler) – the State Government Committee Chairman – who reintroduced a “marriage amendment” to the state constitution that sets out to define marriage between “One Man and One Woman.”
“The day after an action that unites the country, Representative Metcalfe has introduced a bill that would divide us, goes against the growing majority of Americans’ beliefs on equal rights under law and would drive jobs and people out of Pennsylvania,” says Frankel.