Two Democrats in the state House of Representatives followed up this week’s rulings by the United States Supreme Court on gay marriage by announcing they will introduce a bill in Harrisburg that would allow same-sex marriage in Pennsylvania.
Representatives Brian Sims and Steve McCarter, both from the Philadelphia area, say the state’s ban on same-sex marriage deprives many people of nearly one thousand federal rights and benefits that come with civil marriage.
The Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that married gay couples are entitled to federal benefits, and in a separate decision ruled that same-sex marriages in California could resume.
Governor Tom Corbett, a Republican, has stated several times that he opposes gay marriage, and Republicans rule both the House and the State Senate, so the Sims/McCarter bill would seem to have little chance of being moved out of committee. State Senator Daylin Leach has also unsuccessfully tried to push such a bill through his chamber.