Back in 2004, the subject of same-sex marriage was a winner for the Republicans. Most of the laws and amendments banning same-sex marriage were pushed through in that election year, and helped to get George W. Bush reelected. Eight years later, it is not as clear that this is going to win as well as it did back in 2004.
Well, that is not stopping Republicans from pushing these measures in an attempt to drum up support among voters. In Pennsylvania, though, they have hit a snag as the attempted constitutional ban was pulled at what amounts to the last minute. The House State Government Committee was suppose to take up the bill this morning, but it did not. The committee is headed by Representative Daryl Metcalfe, and he is the bill’s sponsor. It would ban same-sex marriage, civil unions and domestic partnerships.
Metcalfe decided to set the bill aside due to, what he is claiming, are a large number of amendments that were attached to it. He stated back when he introduced the amendment, though, that “The institution of traditional marriage has never been under greater attack. This not only includes the special interests who want to permanently redefine marriage, but unfortunately the executive branch and the federal Department of Justice who have blatantly and recklessly refused to uphold and defend its constitutionality. Once again, it falls to the responsibility of state lawmakers to restore the rule of law and carry out the will of the people.”
Of course, the definition of marriage as being between a man and a woman is not exactly traditional for a given value of tradition. Simply put, until 1967, traditional marriage was designated as being between a man and a woman of the same race. In fact, many of the same things used to attack the end of bans on interracial marriage have been used to attack marriage equality today.
Metcalfe sounds like a Georgia representative who stated “Allowing interracial marriages ‘necessarily involves the degradation’ of conventional marriage, an institution that ‘deserves admiration rather thanexecration.’” What is more, Pennsylvania’s economy is still very bad, and their unemployment rate, while below say, Ohio, the state is doing worse then Vermont, a state where same-sex marriage is legal.
It is not clear if Metcalfe will try to push the law again sometime in the future.