Pa. lawmakers to introduce marriage equality bill

A pair of Democratic legislators are proposing a bill that would provide civil marriage equality in Pennsylvania.

Reps. Brian Sims of Philadelphia and Steve McCarter of Montgomery County said they plan to introduce their legislation in the state House of Representatives.

Sims, the first member of the Pennsylvania legislature elected as an openly gay candidate, will be the lead sponsor.

“After Wednesday's decisions by the U.S. Supreme Court, it is past time for Pennsylvania to join the 12 states – soon to be 13 because of California – and the District of Columbia that already provide this basic measure of equality and dignity to their residents,” he said in a news release.

Sims and McCarter said their legislation, like the equivalent Senate Bill 719 introduced by state Sen. Daylin Leach, would provide protections for religious organizations and entities that do not wish to sanction, perform or in any way recognize same-sex civil marriages.

 

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