Senate Panel Tables Anti-Gay Marriage Bill in Pennsylvania, Effectively Killing It
A bill before the Pennsylvania Senate Judiciary Committee has stalled, the AP reports:
"The state Senate Judiciary Committee voted narrowly Tuesday to table the measure defining marriage as a union between a man and a woman. The senators didn't utter a word of debate before or after gay-rights proponent Sen. Daylin Leach proposed to table the measure. The vote was 8-6. Pennsylvania law already defines marriage as a union between a man and a woman. But proponents of a constitutional amendment say a judge could overturn the law, even though Pennsylvania courts are not believed to be considering a challenge to that law. The bill was sponsored by conservative Sen. John Eichelberger."
Keystone Progress writes: "This is a huge victory for us, since the vote effectively kills the bill. This is your victory. We had over 120,000 emails sent to senators, over 75,000 in the last 24 hours! In addition, our allies and friends generated thousands more phone calls, emails and letters. We should celebrate, but we need to remain vigilant. It is unlikely, but it is possible that the bill could come to life again. Especially if they think we aren't going to act again.