Marriage equality bill to be formally introduced in Pennsylvania

Equality Forum 2013
The Pennsylvania Marriage Equality Act would lift the state’s ban on same-sex marriage.
Credit: Rikard Larma/Metro

Pennsylvania state Reps. Steve McCarter (D–Montgomery) and Brian Sims (D–Philadelphia) will be in Philadelphia on Thursday to formally announce the introduction of the Pennsylvania Marriage Equality Act, which would lift the state’s ban on same-sex marriage.

The legislation has been gathering momentum for several months after the two representatives announced this summer they were gathering support for a statewide marriage equality bill.

In a separate attempt to 0verturn what advocates call the “Pennsylvania DOMA” or the state’s “mini-DOMA,” the American Civil Liberties Union of Pennsylvania in July filed a federal lawsuit on behalf of 21 residents who wish to enter into same-sex marriages or want the state to recognize their same-sex marriages.

McCarter and Sims will hold a 10 a.m. news conference – fittingly, at Love Park – to speak about the Marriage Equality Act, which will be introduced as House Bill 1686.


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