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Currently, Pennsylvania recognizes neither same-sex marriages, civil unions, nor domestic partnerships, though attempts have been put forth in the recent years to allow for such unions, as well as several measures that would block such legislation, thereby amending the constitution to prohibit same-sex marriage.

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Current law

The current Pennsylvania statute defines marriage as "between a man and a woman." While Pennsylvania is one of the minority of states not to have a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage, bills have been introduced throughout the past, the most recent in May 2009[1] b Sen. John Eichelberger who have gathered already 13 other senators as co-sponsors[2].

A bill had been previously introduced in 2008, though subsequently stalled after lawmakers voiced concern over whether or not the proposed amendment would prohibit only same-sex marriage and civil unions; including language that possibly could be interpreted by the courts to prohibit hospital visitation rights, employer health benefits and recognition of a will for same-sex couples in addition, which was the case in Michigan after the Supreme Court ruled that providing such benefits to same-sex couples was unconstitutional, due to their interpretation of Michigan State Proposal - 04-2.[3]

Same-sex marriage

A proposal to extend marriage to same-sex couples by amending the statute was also introduced in the same month, which is currently being debated by lawmakers.[4]

Pennsylvania Marriage Amendment

In Pennsylvania, a constitutional amendment requires approval by both houses of the state legislature in two successive two-year sessions by means of majority vote, before going before voters in a state-wide referendum.[5]

In 2006, a group of five state representatives, with Pennsylvania State Representative Scott Boyd (R-Lancaster) as a main sponsor, introduced House Bill 2381, proposing an amendment to the Pennsylvania Constitution defining marriage as between one man and one woman.[6] The bill was approved June 6, 2006, with a vote of 136-61 in favor.[6] The measure then failed to advance.

Senate Bill 1250, a similar bill with State Senator Mike Brubaker (R-Lancaster) as main sponsor was approved in 2008 by the Pennsylvania Senate Judiciary Committee. It would have banned same-sex marriage and its "functional equivalent".[7] This language led to debate on whether the bill would not only ban same-sex marriage and civil unions, but also prevent hospital visitation, employer health benefits and recognition of a will for same-sex couples.[7] The measure subsequently stalled.[8]

In May 2009, State Senator John Eichelberger announced his intention to reintroduce a bill for an amendment.[9]

Domestic partnerships

While domestic partnerships are not offered statewide, the city of Philadelphia offers domestic partnership registries, though only residents of the city or couples with at least one partner employed by the city are eligible.[10] The city of Pittsburgh also provides domestic partnerships, which have no residency requirement and are limited to same-sex couples.[11]

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References

  1. ^ Senator wants PA to ban same-sex marriage
  2. ^ [1]
  3. ^ Michigan Supreme Court Upholds Ban on Same-Sex Benefits
  4. ^ PA Lawmakers To Debate Same Sex Marriage
  5. ^ "Pennsylvania Constitution". Pennsylvania General Assembly. http://www.legis.state.pa.us/WU01/VC/visitor_info/creating/constitution.htm. Retrieved 2009-01-24.  
  6. ^ a b Barnes, Tom (2006-06-07). "Pa. House passes gay marriage ban". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/06158/696289-85.stm. Retrieved 2009-01-24.  
  7. ^ a b Barnes, Tom (2008-03-19). "Panel OKs constitutional ban on gay marriage". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/08079/866239-85.stm. Retrieved 2009-01-24.  
  8. ^ Barnes, Tom (2008-05-07). "Same-sex marriage ban likely dead in Pa. Senate". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/08128/879641-178.stm. Retrieved 2009-01-24.  
  9. ^ Barnes, Tom (2009-05-18). "Senator wants PA to ban same-sex marriage". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/09138/971002-100.stm. Retrieved 2009-05-19.  
  10. ^ Domestic Partnerships
  11. ^ Ravenstahl Signs Legislation For Domestic Partner Registry







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