Last week in a 5-4 decision, the Supreme Court struck down the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act which forbade federal recognition of same-sex marriages in the United States. The Court’s ruling in Windsor v. U.S., as well as it’s dismal of the challenge to California’s Prop 8, leaves the decision to adopt same-sex marriages, for the moment, to the states.
Pennsylvania has a state statute which defines marriage as between one man and one woman, but is one of only a handful of states that does not allow same-sex marriage or has a state constitutional amendment prohibiting it.
Soon after the ruling proponents reintroduced a bill to make same-sex marriage legal in Pa., but it faces a steep uphill climb.
The uncertainty and animus over this legal limbo was exacerbated by the controversy that occurred last week when Rep. Brian Sims (D-Phila), who is openly gay, sought to praise the ruling on the House floor only to have Rep. Daryl Metcalfe (R-Butler) object. After Metcalfe accused Sims of rebelling against God, Sims called for Metcalfe to be censured.
Considering where things stand now, when do you believe same-sex marriage will be legal in Pennsylvania?
Will same-sex marriage will be legal in PA? When?
- Within 5 years (47%)
- In 5-10 years (28%)
- In 10-20 years (12%)
- Never (10%)
- More than 20 years (5%)