Liberal democracy just took another hit!
Pennsylvania’s Senatorial Appropriations Committee today voted 18-8 to put a gay marriage amendment to a vote, which will likely happen tomorrow. Many of you are probably thinking, “Wait, doesn’t Pennsylvania already have a law banning same-sex marriage?”
Well, yes; yes, it does, but conservative politicians think that an amendment’s needed to ensure nothing like civil unions can be legalized. Because even pseudo-queer-equality’s yucky!
The amendment reads thus: “No union other than a marriage between one man and one woman shall be valid or recognized as marriage or the functional equivalent of marriage by the commonwealth.” Baaarf!
As can be expected, gay activists and progressive politicians protested today’s Committee passage:
Among the legislators who spoke at the rally was Sen. Vincent Fumo, D-Philadelphia, who said, “When the basic human rights are threatened, then no one’s rights are safe.” Sen. Connie Williams, D-Montgomery, noted, “Pennsylvania’s constitution was never intended to be a tool that restricts people’s rights.”
Rep. Dan Frankel, D-Allegheny, said he was taught in school that the constitution was put there to protect individuals’ rights, so “it takes a lot of chutzpah to talk about putting discrimination into the constitution of Pennsylvania.”
You know shit’s serious when Frankel breaks out the yiddish.
The Senate will vote tomorrow and, if the amendment passes, it will go back to the house, then the Senate, then the House and, finally, the voters will get a crack at it. At least deconstructing democracy’s not as easy as some would like, right. Although that does nothing to ease our uneasiness.