January 26, 2010
What comes to mind when you hear the number “707″? Maybe the name of a jet airliner. Maybe an area code of a friend’s phone number.
To Pennsylvanians, 707 now brings to mind the Pennsylvania Marriage Protection Amendment.
SB 707 is the Pennsylvania Marriage Protection Amendment and has been introduced into the State Senate. This bill would put the following definition of marriage into our State Constitution:
“Only a union of one man and one woman shall be valid and recognized as a marriage in this Commonwealth.”
Currently Pennsylvania has a ‘Defense of Marriage Act’ (or DOMA) which defines marriage as the union of a man and a woman. This Act is not strong enough as we have witnessed in states like Iowa and California where activist judges have overturned their state’s DOMA and declared it unconstitutional. SB 707 will protect our current definition of marriage as the union of husband and wife.
Currently, there is another bill in Pennsylvania that, if passed, would legalize same-sex “marriage” in our state and recognize same-sex “marriages” performed in other states. Without passing SB 707, Pennsylvania’s marriage laws remain vulnerable to radical redefinition.
That’s why the people of Pennsylvania should have the right to vote on this issue and not have our rights hijacked by a small group of activists or by an activist court. Passing SB 707 would allow the people to vote on the definition of marriage.
“Pennsylvania voters have the opportunity to decide how they want marriage to be defined and not allow an activist judge to make that decision for them,” Eichelberger said. “Thirty one other states have already gone through a similiar process and in each state, the definition of marriage was upheld.”