Can I just use this as my Blog for Equality Day post?
Lance: To state Rep. Daryl Metcalfe. The Cranberry Republican wants to codify discrimination by amending the Pennsylvania Constitution to deny legal "marriage" to same-sex couples. And the proposed wording of his amendment goes a step further, appearing to not even recognize any other "legal union." But constitutions are not for denying rights; they're for enumerating them. This is poor form, the antithesis of liberty, and the effort should be rejected. (Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Editorial Board)
This is what progress looks like.
But we do this dance with Metcalfe every year, and it is time for the cohorts of liberty to take to the offensive instead. There is a civil right enshrined in the 14th Amendment to the Constitution known as equal protection under the law. How then does Pennsylvania get away with not recognizing civil unions? If the Commonwealth is in charge of a regime of matrimonial incentives furthering familial stability, it better pony up and get on the business side of the bendy arc of history by passing HB 708 sponsored by Philadelphia's Mark Cohen.
It also makes me wonder. Have two Pennsylvania partners of the same gender ever applied for a marriage license in modern times? Upon being turned away, have they ever just tried suing?