Metcalfe Introduces Constitutional Amendment to Settle Marriage Protection Debate for Pennsylvania
HARRISBURG – Pennsylvania House State Government Committee Chairman, State Representative Daryl Metcalfe (R-Butler), announced today the introduction of his Constitutional amendment to allow the citizens of Pennsylvania to precisely define marriage as a union between one man and one woman.
“Pennsylvania does not need to wait for the United States Supreme Court to rule on what natural law already declares as self-evident,” said Metcalfe. “Marriage is a sacred bond that can only be fulfilled by one man and one woman, as established by God. Final passage of my legislation will allow state lawmakers to exercise their rightful responsibility and obligation to uphold the rule of law and the will of the people.”
Once House Bill 1349 is approved in two consecutive sessions of the General Assembly, Pennsylvanians would then have the choice, through voter referendum, to amend the state Constitution to include a provision containing the following language:
“Marriage is the legal union of only one man and one woman as husband and wife and no other legal union that is treated as marriage or the substantial equivalent thereof shall be valid or recognized.”
The language contained in Metcalfe’s legislation is modeled after Florida’s marriage protection amendment, which was approved by more than 60 percent of Florida voters in 2008. The amendment was also unanimously ruled Constitutional by the Florida Supreme Court, after being challenged by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). To date, voters in 31 states have ratified similar amendments to their state constitutions.
“The definition of marriage as ‘the union of one man and one woman,’ defended and upheld by this legislation, is the traditional definition of marriage that has been recognized and accepted throughout history and the world for centuries. Neither homosexual special interests gathered under the immoral umbrella of the ACLU, nor the Obama administration’s Department of Justice or any activist court should decide this critical issue for our Commonwealth,” said Metcalfe. “House Bill 1349 is specifically written to empower Pennsylvania voters, and only Pennsylvania voters, with the authority to decide how marriage will be defined in the Keystone State.”
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Representative Daryl Metcalfe
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