Stop anti-LGBT activists from writing discrimination into the Pennsylvania Constitution

NOTE: On January 24, the Pennsylvania Family Institute will be introducing their amendment.  Click and do something NOW.

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12/07/2005

 

 

Urgent – Ask Your Legislator to Not Sponsor the Marriage Amendment

 

We need your help to stop anti-LGBT activists from writing discrimination into the Pennsylvania Constitution. Representative Scott Boyd (R – Lancaster) is drafting an Amendment to our state constitution that would deny gay and lesbian families legal recognition. Four other representatives have already signed on to this discriminatory proposal called the Pennsylvania Marriage Protection Amendment.

We need you to contact your state representative and ask them to NOT co-sponsor or support the Marriage Protection Amendment. Ask them to protect all Pennsylvania families and not harm some by writing discrimination into Pennsylvania’s constitution. Pennsylvania law already stops gay and lesbian couples from marrying, and this amendment is not necessary.

So-called Marriage Protection Amendments affect all families, not just same-sex families. While supporters in other states have said these amendments are only about gay marriage, this is not true. In Ohio, courts have ruled that unmarried people, including unmarried heterosexual couples, may not seek protection from abuse orders. In Michigan, groups are challenging domestic partner benefits for employees. Virginia’s recently enacted amendment is so broad that it may interfere with the rights of all Virginians to create wills, medical directives, powers of attorney, child custody and property arrangements, and even joint bank accounts.