From the Philly Gay News …
A Pennsylvania lawmaker is gathering legislative support for a bill that would make civil unions for same-sex couples a reality in the Keystone State.
The measure, the first of its kind in the Pennsylvania legislature, is being spearheaded by Pennsylvania Rep. Mark Cohen (D-202nd Dist.).
Cohen said he’s so far secured cosponsorships from 24 lawmakers and another 10 are considering signing on. He expects to officially introduce the bill by April 14.
Cohen said that while he supports full-marriage equality for same-sex couples, he believes the more logical approach would be to first have the state adopt a civil-union law.
Representative Cohen is also the primary sponsor of HB 1393, the Medical Marijuana Bill.
Interesting turn of events. Marriage amendment quashed. Marriage legislation alive in PA Senate. I wasn't anticipating this and, frankly, it worries me. While I certainly want progress on multiple equality issues, I worry that this dilutes resources we need to pass HB 300. Cohen is a cosponsor of that legislation as well.