In 2006 81% of Alabama voters said they wanted natural marriage protected in their constitution. That night returns showed the amendment passing by wide margins in both rural and urban areas, north and south. The US Supreme Court had no jurisdiction to redefine marriage in either Alabama or the other states that had passed Marriage Protection Amendments or Defense of Marriage Acts, such as Pennsylvania.
As the fourth challenge to Pennsylvania’s Defense of Marriage Act was filed in court yesterday, an attorney involved in one of the lawsuits expressed his desire for an activist court to force the legislature to legalize so-called same-sex marriage. The American Family Association of Pennsylvania (AFA of PA), a statewide advocate for one man one woman true marriage, expressed outrage over the suggestion of an unconstitutional mixing of powers between the legislative and judicial branches.
1.) It appears that Senator Harry Reid’s description of Senator Ted Cruz’ efforts on defunding Obamacare as a ‘waste of time’ has proven to be incorrect.
2.) Pennsylvania needs a Marriage Protection Amendment and Representative Daryl Metcalfe has introduced a bill ( HB 1349 ) to begin the long process of amending Pennsylvania’s Constitution to define marriage as only between one man and one woman and to ban any substantially equivalent relationship as being recognized as marriage.
Today Judge Dan Pellegrini handed down his decision demanding Montgomery County Register of Wills D. Bruce Hanes stop handing out marriage licenses to same-sex couples. The American Family Association of Pennsylvania (AFA of PA), a statewide advocate for one man one woman marriage, applauds Judge Pellegrini’s decision.
Shortly after the Supreme Court declared Section 3 of the federal Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutional on June 26th, Representative Tim Huelskamp introduced H.J. Res 51 “A joint resolution proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States related to marriage.”
Those seeking to redefine marriage in Pennsylvania have been emboldened by Wednesday’s United States Supreme Court decision to declare Section 3 of the federal Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutional. Will the PA legislature finally get the message that immediate action needs to be taken to protect one man one woman marriage? For years we’ve been telling them the day would come when our state Defense of Marriage Act would be challenged – that day has arrived! Now, will your State Representative have enough courage to step forward?
Next week the United States Supreme Court is expected to hand down two decisions that could change America forever. Those decisions are to decide the constitutionality of California voter-approved Proposition 8 and the federal Defense of Marriage Act. We, of course, have no idea how the decisions will come down. The uncertainty in itself is mind-boggling, but Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia warned in his dissent in the 2003 Lawrence v. Texas case, which struck down that state’s sodomy laws, that the Court’s decision would open the door to same-sex “marriage.” Now, fast forward ten years.
Last week Rhode Island became the tenth state to legalize so-called same-sex “marriage.” Yesterday, Delaware became the eleventh. Also, yesterday here in Pennsylvania, Representative Daryl Metcalfe introduced HB 1349 , a Marriage Protection Amendment. The process to amend the PA Constitution is longer than many states. A bill with the exact same language to the proposed constitutional amendment must be passed in two consecutive legislative sessions, then a voter referendum with that language is placed on the ballot and the voters decide whether they want to add that amendment to the PA Constitution.
The American Family Association of Pennsylvania (AFA of PA) commends Representative Daryl Metcalfe for once again taking the leadership role in introducing a Marriage Protection Amendment which will allow Pennsylvania voters to define marriage as a union between one man and one woman within the Commonwealth. HB 1349 must be approved by the General Assembly in two consecutive sessions; at that point a voter referendum will be presented to the people to amend the state Constitution.
The attacks on traditional marriage continue. Homosexual activists are unrelenting in their march towards “marriage equality.” Meaning they will not be satisfied until same-sex “marriage” has been legalized across the country. However 32 states have already taken the extra step to protect marriage by passing Marriage Protection Amendments (MPA). Unfortunately, Pennsylvania is not one of them.