Pennsylvania State Senator John Eichelberger (R-PA-30th) and some other bigots have introduced yet another "marriage protection" bill: SB 707.
It's scheduled to be voted on in the Pennsylvania Senate Judiciary Committee tomorrow.
The only things bills like this one do is "protect" and enshrine inequality and therefore must be protested.
As I wrote back in 2008:
The subject of the "equality" of this day is an attempt to amend the Pennsylvania Constitution to define marriage as solely between one man and one woman as part of a "Marriage Protection Amendment."
First, let's throw out any straw man arguments: we are talking about the legal institution of marriage. We are not speaking about any particular religion's take on the subject -- they are free to define marriage exactly as they want.
What we are talking about is a legal contract between two adults. A contract that, according to the U.S. Government Accountability Office, confers over 1,000 protections and benefits to couples who enter into it. A contract that is currently only available to heterosexual couples. This despite the fact that there are already thousands of families in Pennsylvania headed by gays and that society has determined that encouraging stable, monogamous relationships is healthy for children in these and all families.
Moreover, Pennsylvania already prohibits same-sex marriage so this bill is a waste of time and resources.
PLEASE TAKE ACTION TODAY!
1) Make sure that this divisive, hateful initiative never becomes a reality in Pennsylvania by emailing the Senate Judiciary Committee members here and letting them know that you oppose discrimination in our constitution.
2) Call the Senate Judiciary Committee members (phone numbers here) and tell them to vote NO on SB 707.
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