A new poll shows marriage equality support is up in Pennsylvania, and support for an amendment to legalize it is up 11% over 2012. Keystone Politics reports:
That means, generally speaking, Pennsylvanians “generally” support marriage equality, 54-41 (up two points from last month) — while Pennsylvanians specifically support a PA constitutional amendment to legalize marriage for same-sex couples, 53-43 (up 11 points from last year).
Against this backdrop, a GOP lawmaker in the state is trying to push an amendment to ban it. Towleroad.com reports:
Pennsylvania does not need to wait for the United States Supreme Court to rule on what natural law already declares as self-evident … 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.
It’s not going so well:
In the last session, the bill had 40 supporters, but today, according to a rep from Brian Sims’ office, there are only 27. And this is the first time it’s been introduced with zero Democratic backers.
All of New England now has embraced marriage equality – and the only state east of the state without it is New Jersey. How much longer can Pennsylvania hold out?