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Anti-gay marriage bill dies in PA Judiciary Committee

Timothy Kincaid

March 16th, 2010

Perhaps Pennsylvania Senator John H. Eichelberger, Jr. though that his marriage amendment bill would fare well in the Senate Judiciary Committee. After all, with an 9 to 5 Republican majority it would just be expected.

No such luck, Eichelberger. (On Top)

Eichelberger’s resolution would insert the following language into the state constitution: “Only a union of one man and one woman shall be valid and recognized as a marriage in this Commonwealth.”

But three Republican and five Democratic lawmakers disagreed. Joining all the committee’s Democrats in killing the resolution were Republicans Pat Browne, Jane Earll and Mary Jo White.

It must have Eichelberger wondering why (PhillyBurbs)

The latest effort to amend Pennsylvania’s constitution to effectively ban gay marriage appeared dead today after three senators who supported an even broader measure two years ago changed their vote in committee, according to the Associated Press.

But there was no debate whatsoever on the bill, so we can only speculate about possible motivations. It may well be that these Senators have come to know and love gay people in their lives. They may have found a new respect for equality.

Of course, there is also another possibility. (Pennsylvania Progressive)

I spend a fair amount of time in Harrisburg. I know who is closeted. Any closeted Senator who votes for Eichelberger’s bill will be outed. I also know a State Senator who is wildly homophobic and is also an alcoholic. One of her rants will also be made public depending on her vote. This is fair warning.

We’ll probably never know what led to their decisions. I’m just happy they voted as they did.



Lindoro Almaviva
March 16th, 2010 | LINK

I know many will disagree with the tactics, but unfortunately, I am a firm believer that there comes a point when you just have to stop being beaten and you must strike back.

March 17th, 2010 | LINK

I agree Lindoro.

If someone is acting out their self-hatred to take the rights away from all of us, then they must be outed.

It is a bitter medicine, but one that must be drunk.

Jason D
March 17th, 2010 | LINK

I figure if a gay person is going to enable and support anti-gay prejudice, discrimination, and inequality, then it’s only fitting that it be used against them.

To me, it’s fitting that in self-defense we turn someone’s weapon on them.

March 17th, 2010 | LINK

I hope that’s what convinced them and I hope the tactic spreads.

Enough of the disgusting, selfish behavior of self-loathers.

Mark F.
March 17th, 2010 | LINK

I agree with outing under this circumstance.

John Morgan
March 17th, 2010 | LINK

Thanks to everyone for your support. We won and it wasn’t alone. Behind all the LGBT people in the room yesterday were people like you.

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