Pennsylvania Lawmaker Hoping to Ban Same-Sex Marriage Finds Support for His Bill Dwindling

Pennsylvania Rep. Darryl Metcalfe yesterday reintroduced a bill that would amend the state Constitution to define marriage as between a man and a woman.

MetcalfeSaid Metcalfe in a statement:

Pennsylvania does not need to wait for the United States Supreme Court to rule on what natural law already declares as self-evident … Marriage is a sacred bond that can only be fulfilled by one man and one woman, as established by God. Final passage of my legislation will allow state lawmakers to exercise their rightful responsibility and obligation to uphold the rule of law and the will of the people.

Phily magazine reports that supporters are fleeing:

In the last session, the bill had 40 supporters, but today, according to a rep from Brian Sims’ office, there are only 27. And this is the first time it’s been introduced with zero Democratic backers. To top it off, his bill’s lackluster show of support comes on the heels of yesterday’s announcement that a record number of legislators on both sides of the fence sponsor legislation that ban discrimination against LGBT people in the workplace and housing and public accommodations.

Comments

  1. Francis #1 says

    How cool is that! Many politicians may not be gun ho in actually advocating for our rights but at the same time, they know that being gun ho against us and in attacking us doesn’t really work anymore, at least in all but the most conservative states. And we are gaining more true allies too as they realize supporting our rights isn’t going to be a political crippler.

    Of course, not supporting a constitutional ban on marriage does not equal supporting marriage equality.

  2. Hey Darlin' says

    Take a close look Darryl Metcalfe, natural law is currently in place – Thank you God – and is weeding out the bigoted know-nothings who can only be a, “polpet” or political puppet, for those too cowardly but wealthy enough to avoid their opponent with the likes of you. Luckily true lawmakers know their rightful responsibility and obligation is to uphold the rule of law protecting the individual citizens and not those few who would seek to overthrow them and bend them to their own slefish will.

  3. JONES says

    @Sean in Dallas
    ‘stupid f*ckin primitive primate’
    That made me laugh. Thanks

    How very sad is it that this tool would make laws that severely affect me and my family and knows not one thing about me.

  4. misha says

    @ Francis #1, the phrase should be “gung ho” no “gun ho.” Gung ho is an American vernacular phrase meaning enthusiasm or dedication to something. Gun ho refers to Ann Coulter or Sarah Palin.

  5. e.c. says

    Given that Penn borders New York, Delaware, and Maryland which all have Marriage equality (and New Jersey which would if not for Christie) trying to hold back the tide of equality in the east is getting harder to do.

  6. Anastasia Beaverhausen says

    If ‘natural law’ exists then where are the natural law school and the natural courthouse? I’m guessing they’re near the creationism museum.

  7. simon says

    At least he is doing something while Brian Brown is in hiding after reassuring himself or praying that : “There is no trend. There is no trend….” The donors can’t find him now for a refund.

  8. Icebloo says

    Did the Bible say anything about GLUTTONY ? This fat politicians is breaking one of the Bible’s laws. He needs a gastric bypass like Chris Christie !

    Republicans are REPUGNANT.

  9. cfox says

    Interesting how none of these bigots notice that “NATURE” made several orifices that perfectly fit the penis–and that as a result, “natural law” actually supports a number of different practices.

  10. bravo says

    Pennsyltucky might finally move toward marriage equality. This is pretty amazing, actually. The state has many Roman Catholics and lots of elderly. For them to move, even incrementally, away from constitutional enshrinement of man/woman marriage is pretty impressive.

  11. jon says

    If they want to continue to deny they LGBT community the right marry because of being a religious institution its time to force their hand. It’s time for the LGBT community to strike back through the courts about separation or church and state. If they want to claim religious reasons then its time to fight to have no one be considered married and all relationships be recognized as domestic partners. Then all relationships would be consider equal.

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