Bill To Ban Same Sex Marriage Coming In Pa

05.19.09 | FL News Team

A Pennsylvania state senator says he will introduce a measure to amend the Pennsylvania Constitution to ban same-sex marriage. Republican John Eichelberger of Blair County said he will hold a press conference Tuesday in Hollidaysburg to announce the bill's introduction.

Similar measures in the last two sessions of the state Legislature have failed. Pennsylvania law already defines marriage as a union between a man and a woman. But Eichelberger and other proponents of the amendment say writing the ban into the constitution would prevent a judge from overturning the law.

Opponents say the measure would enshrine discrimination into the constitution. Amending the constitution requires approval from both the House and Senate in two consecutive two-year sessions before the measure must go to voters for final approval in a statewide referendum.