Thursday, April 10, 2008

Marriage Protection Act Subject of Local Hearing

A Senate Joint Committee met in Pittsburgh today to discuss the Senate Bill 1250 titled the Marriage Protection Act. The bill would amend Pennsylvania's constitution and define marriage as solely between a man and a woman. Proponents of this bill who spoke at the hearing were David Zubik, Bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh, and Sharon Cappetto of greater Pittsburgh's Marriage Protection Coalition.

Those speaking in opposition included Pittsburgh City Council members Bruce Kraus and Doug Shields. They say the legislaiton would write discrimination into the commonwealth's constitution.

Amending the Pennsylvania Constitution requires General Assembly approval in two consecutive legislative sessions and then approval by voters.

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