By a 6-1 vote, the California Supreme Court upheld the constitutionality of Proposition 8, an initiative that added a section to the California Constitution providing “Only marriage between a man and a woman is valid or recognized in California.” The measure was adopted by
On Tuesday, May 19, 2009, Senator John Eichelberger (R-Blair County) announced his intention to introduce a constitutional amendment defining marriage in Pennsylvania as strictly the union between one man and one woman. Sen. Eichelberger said, “As more and more states begin to
On Wednesday, May 6, 2009, Gov. John Baldacci of Maine signed a bill into law legalizing same-sex marriage in that state. It becomes the fifth state to allow gay marriage joining Massachusetts, Connecticut, Vermont and Iowa.
Two significant actions affecting marriage took place today – the state legislature in Vermont passed legislation legalizing gay marriage in that state, overriding the governor’s veto. It becomes the first state to implement gay marriage directly through legislative action
In a unanimous decision, the Iowa Supreme Court today held that Iowa’s defense of marriage statute limiting civil marriage to a union between a man and a woman violates the Iowa Constitution. The decision effectively legalizes gay marriage in that state.
“It won’t happen here.” Opponents of a marriage protection amendment and those just reluctant to take up the controversial issue have echoed this phrase throughout the debate in Pennsylvania. They say the Defense of Marriage Act, or DOMA, which became a Pennsylvania
“What is marriage in the state of Pennsylvania?”Maggie Gallagher, President of the National Organization for Marriage, asked this question at a recent Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on SB 1250 – the Pennsylvania Marriage Protection Amendment. Gallagher was the fi
Although nearly 70% of Pennsylvanians support an amendment to Pennsylvania’s Constitution defining marriage as the union between one man and one woman, many are asking tough questions about the issue.Amending the state constitution to protect marriage is not unique to Pennsylvan
Are you a bigot? Most of us would answer no. Same-sex marriage proponents argue there is no morally relevant difference between their relationships and marriage between a husband and wife; to believe otherwise you are a bigot. That is their opinion. But, if same-sex marriages, sometim
This time of year, it is fitting to look back – to check the mirrors, so to speak, before looking ahead.In 2007, these issues grabbed headlines. Health Care Perhaps the most emotionally charged issue of 2007 was HB 288, the Compassionate Assistance for Rape Emergencies Act. The