so says Dimitri Vassilaros, in yesterday’s Pittsburgh Tribune Review article, “The Marriage Protection Racket,” about the proposed PA constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage.
“Whenever a judge or legislative body in a state say that homosexuals have the
same marriage rights as heterosexuals, it promotes more marriage.
Denying gays and lesbians that right is anything but protecting marriage
— it’s attacking it. The gays are the ones trying to protect it. “
Like he said.
State Rep. Scott W. Boyd (R-Lancaster) intends to introduce his Marriage Protection Amendment on January 24th (i.e. next week). The language of the amendment goes like this:
“Only a marriage between one man and one woman shall be valid or recognized as a marriage in this commonwealth, and neither the commonwealth now nor any of its political subdivisions shall create or recognize a legal status identical or substantially equivalent to that of marriage for unmarried individuals.”
The PA Constitution currently prohibits the denial “to any person the enjoyment of any civil right, nor discriminate against any person in the exercise of any civil right.” Vassilaros says “What part of “any” do they not understand?”
Sooo, PA residents, don’t forget to give a call to your legislator’s office about this pesky amendment. You know the drill: it’s unnecessary and divisive, it’s hostile to LGBT families and their constituents don’t support it. Find more talking points here.
Amy Laura in the Philadelphia office