What's to Debate?

House delays vote on same-sex marriage

Critics of bill cite difficulties it could cause seniors, heirs
Thursday, May 27, 2004
By Tom Barnes, Post-Gazette Harrisburg Bureau

“HARRISBURG — After nearly two hours of emotional debate on legislation to prohibit
same-sex marriages in Pennsylvania, state House members decided they weren’t ready
to take a stand on the hot topic, and put off a vote until after the Nov. 2 election.”

I’m really at a loss as to why there’s even a debate in the PA legislature about
homosexual marriage. According to Title
23, Chapter 17
, Section 1704, neither in- nor out-of-state homosexual marriages
are recognized, endorsed, or legal. I’m not a lawyer, nor do I know any. Perhaps
a reader can help me with this.

“It is hereby declared to be the strong and longstanding public policy of this
Commonwealth that marriage shall be between one man and one woman. A marriage between
persons of the same sex which was entered into in another state or foreign jurisdiction,
even if valid where entered into, shall be void in this Commonwealth.”