Rally to Defeat SB 1250, "The Marriage Protection Amendment"

Opponents of Pennsylvania Senate Bill 1250, the so-called "Marriage Protection Amendment" to the Pennsylvania Constitution, will rally at the Pennsylvania Capitol in Harrisburg on Monday, May 5, 2008. A similar rally on May 14, 2006, was part of a successful effort to oppose the efforts of those who would have inscribed discrimination into the Pennsylvania Constitution under the guise of protecting our families. JSPAN, a founding member of the Value All Families Coalition and the Faith Coalition for Pennsylvania Families, continues to oppose the relentless and unyielding efforts of those who would seek to impose their bigotry and intolerance upon all of us, and, in the process, do grievous harm and injury to Pennsylvania’s families and children. In the fight to preserve our rights and liberty, we must remain as tireless and vigilant as those who would seek to take them away. Senate Bill 1250 would amend Article I, section 29 of the Pennsylvania Constitution to provide that, as to "Marriage," "No union other than a marriage between one man and one woman shall be valid or recognized as marriage or the functional equivalent of marriage by the Commonwealth." The bill was voted out of the state Senate Judiciary Committee on March 18th, by a vote of 10 to 4, under the condition that more public hearings would be held before it was sent to the full Senate. Next, it goes to the Senate Appropriations Committee, which will hold a public hearing that has not yet been scheduled. In order to become law, the amendment would need to be approved not only by the current Senate and General Assembly, but also by the 2009-2010 Legislature, whose members will be elected in November. If both the 2009-2010 House and Senate approve it, the bill then would have to be approved in a statewide referendum in November 2009. Opposition to SB 1250 is widespread. A rally in opposition to SB 1250 was held at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Lancaster on April 9th. At a hearing held in Pittsburgh on April 11th, an overflow crowd included a vocal majority that opposed the bill. Numerous newspapers all across the state have come out in opposition to SB 1250. National attention has been drawn to SB 1250 and the need for us to defeat it. And so, more work remains to be done. Let your state Senator and state Representative know where you stand. Write them. Call them. E-mail them. Register your opposition to SB 1250 in an online poll being conducted by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. And, show up at the May 5th rally in Harrisburg. For information on the rally and how to contact your state legislators, visit http://equalitypa.org/.