BREAKING: Brian Sims to Introduce Pennsylvania Marriage Equality Bill in House

A day after the Supreme Court’s landmark decision to strike down DOMA, Philly State Rep. Brian Sims announces plans to hitch PA to the marriage-equality bandwagon.

Wow. A mere 24 hours after yesterday’s landmark SCOTUS decision, state representatives Brian Sims and Steve McCarter announce they’re keeping the ball rolling by introducing a bill in the state House of Representatives that will “provide civil marriage equality in Pennsylvania.” 

In a press release, Sims, the lead sponsor of the bill, says, “After Wednesday’s decisions by the U.S. Supreme Court, it is past time for Pennsylvania to join the 12 states – soon to be 13 because of California – and the District of Columbia that already provide this basic measure of equality and dignity to their residents. LGBT Pennsylvanians are seeing their neighbors in New York, Maryland and Delaware, among other states, now qualify for the approximately 1,000 federal rights and benefits that come with civil marriage and they are increasingly asking why they don’t have those same rights, as well as the state rights and benefits. Marriage equality has steadily grown, now standing at majority support in recent Pennsylvania polls. I believe that more and more legislators from both parties will decide to be on the right side of history.”

The press release states that the bill, like a similar one introduced by State Senator Daylin Leach, would provide “protections for religious organizations and entities that do not wish to sanction, perform or in any way recognize same-sex civil marriages.”

Huge news! Stay tuned to G Philly for updates.


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    Call for Plaintiffs:

    Thankfully, the U.S. Supreme Court historically ruled yesterday that the U.S. Constitution is violated when the civil rights and protections provided by marriage, such as my legal marriage to Tim, are outlawed.

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    Earl David Ball
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  • Shelley Martin

    Thank you so much on behalf of my gay friends and those they love!

  • As an American & a Christian, I am thrilled that DOMA & Prop 8 were overturned & am eager for ENDA to become the law of the land. I want to see full equality in every way for my LGBT friends throughout the United States!

  • melissa aeduini

    hello my girlfriend and i have been dating a year now and we are madly in love i hope soon i will be able to marry my beautiful girlfriend in the state i was born in.

  • Shana Stumph

    My partner and I live in central Pennsylvania. We are traveling to the state of New York next week to legally get married after being together for 6 years. We would love to have our marriage recognized here in the state where we live, and everywhere!

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  • eddie c

    Maybe the momentum of the SCOTUS decision will help propel this bill through unlike the others that have simply languished in committee.

    While hopeful, I’m not optimistic of a quick turn-around on this. The powers that be are concentrating on the non-discrimination bill first. We’ll see.

  • Patricia Hastie

    These are not just gay rights really, they are human rights. Legislators like Brian give me hope that I just might live long enough to see the day when there are no distinctions in race, ethnicity, class or sexual orientation; when no one describes anyone as black, Asian, gay, straight, rich or poor. We are all human beings first and foremost, each deserving of equal access to the pursuit of happiness. Thank you, Brian, for persevering and standing up (literally) for all of us.

  • Mark Aeder

    My partner and I traveled from Florida for our civil union in Vermont on May 25, 2001. Ten years later, we were married in Washington D.C. on May 25, 2011. Yet, neither is recognized in PA? Let’s get with the 21st century and the majority of the US citizens. We are losing how many tax dollars to adjoining states?

  • Marlene Ford

    I believe in human rights for EVERYONE. I will stand shoulder to shoulder with all my gay and lesbian friends to see that this happens.

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