Pennsylvania State Representative Brian Sims has decided to “strike while the iron is hot” and introduce a bill in the Pennsylvania House to “provide civil marriage equality in Pennsylvania.” Rep. Sims, who is openly gay, says his bill will be similar to SB 719 filed in the Pennsylvania Senate by State Senator Daylin Leach last March. The bill will be cosponsored by Democratic Rep. Steve McCarter. From Rep. Sims press release:
“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. LGBT Pennsylvanians are seeing their neighbors in New York, Maryland and Delaware, among other states, now qualify for the approximately 1,000 federal rights and benefits that come with civil marriage and they are increasingly asking why they don’t have those same rights, as well as the state rights and benefits. Marriage equality has steadily grown, now standing at majority support in recent Pennsylvania polls. I believe that more and more legislators from both parties will decide to be on the right side of history.”
Just last Tuesday, three Michigan lawmakers introduced a similar bill, that would repeal the state’s Constitution and allow full marriage equality. Are we seeing a trend develop?
Images from Brian Sims Facebook Page
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