• Petitioned Pennsylvania Legislature

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Pennsylvania Legislature
Pennsylvania Governor
Pennsylvania State Senate
Pennsylvania State House
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State Sen. Daylin Leach
Pennsylvania-182
State Rep. Brian Sims
Pennsylvania-038
State Sen. Jim Ferlo

Marriage Equality for Pennsylvania

    1. Petition by

      Marriage Equality for Pennsylvania

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The LGBT community in other states is winning the right to marry. As defined by the 14th Amendment to the US Constitution, we should not be denied the right to wed without "due process of law." Furthermore, as the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled against Proposition 8, we have reached the point in this state that all people should be treated equally.

Recent signatures

    News

    1. Federal Judge John Jones III Overturns Marriage Equality Ban

      Congratulations to all the couples who are a part of the Whitewood v. Wolf case. Judge John Jones III ruled that Pennsylvania's ban on marriage for same-sex couples is a direct violation of the US Constitution's 14th Amendment. We are not done pushing for this petition. We want to be assured that marriage equality is here to stay. We want to have HB 1686 & SB 719 passed. We want the legislature to send the Governor the bill that clearly puts him on notice. Do not appeal the ruling, Governor. Let Pennsylvania have marriage equality. Governor Christie did it in New Jersey; you can here, Governor. My thanks also to all the couples who plan to marry as a result of this most amazing court ruling. -- David.

    2. Rallies and Events

      Please go to www.me4pa.org for details about our upcoming rallies. The 2014 campaign is underway, and we have already had several successful rallies across Pennsylvania. In Pittsburgh, Erie, Gettysburg, and Philadelphia, couples have attempted to get married around Valentine's Day. On March 26, we held our one-year anniversary candlelight vigil commemorating the DOMA and Prop 8 Oral Arguments at the US Supreme Court. Take Back the Night in Erie is April 7; Day of Silence is April 11; Standing with Montgomery County for Marriage Equality on April 17; Spring Fling in Pittsburgh is April 19; Whitewood v. Wolf Rally on June 9, and the Pittsburgh Pride on June 14 and 15 are the dates we have scheduled so far. We have so many more opportunities to join our cause this year. Please be an active part in the change. Thanks -- David.

    3. Reached 7,000 signatures
    4. Next Goal

      Representatives Brian Sims and Stephen McCarter introduced House Bill 1686 that would legalize marriage equality. Its companion bill in the PA Senate is SB 719. Both pieces of legislation need a boost, and petitions like this one would sure help give on-the-fence legislators the support they need to push these bills out of their respective committees and to a floor vote. Please sign and share. Thanks. -- David from ME4PA.org.

    5. Reached 6,000 signatures
    6. Presentation of Petition

      On Friday, April 26, a contingent from ME4PA will hand-deliver our petitions to Governor Corbett's Erie office at 4 PM. We will hold a peaceful protest outside his office at 6 PM. If you can make it to this event, please do. Details are posted on:
      https://www.facebook.com/events/594650673880883/
      In solidarity,
      David

    7. Reached 4,000 signatures
    8. Candlelight Vigils Acorss Pennsylvania

      From March 25 - 27, across Pennsylvania, ME4PA will be hosting candlelight vigils in recognition of the oral arguments at the US Supreme Court in regards to the DOMA and California Prop 8 case. If you cannot attend the huge event in Washington DC, attend one of the local candlelight vigils in front of Federal Courthouses across PA. ME4PA is sponsoring, or co-sponsoring most of the events. For details, check www.me4pa.org, or check http://www.facebook.com/me4pa. Thank you so much for your support of marriage equality in Pennsylvania.

      Marriage Equality for Pennsylvania

      On March 26 and 27, the Supreme Court of the United States will hear oral arguments in two cases which will forever change the dialog about marriage equality in the United States. In the cases, Hollingsworth v. Perry, and United States v.

    9. Decision-maker James Brewster responds:

      James Brewster

      Thank you for your email. I will keep your comments in mind and take them into consideration if this comes before me for a vote.


    10. Reached 3,000 signatures
    11. Onward to 10,000 signatures

      Now that we have topped the 2,000 signature mark, we are well on our way to 10,000 signatures to prompt the Pennsylvania legislature to push SB 461 which would legalize same sex marriages in Pennsylvania. I am proud to announce that we will post updates about our progress and any additional news on our new webpage at the link shown below. Thank you one and all for your ongoing support of marriage equality in Pennsylvania.

      David

    12. Reached 2,000 signatures
    13. Erie Times News: Equal Rights at Issue's Core

      Hi folks, David here. I sent this letter to the Erie Times News, hoping to pick up some support for LGBT rights in Pennsylvania. They published it; so here it is. I really want letters like this to make a difference.

    14. Reached 1,500 signatures
    15. President Obama's support for Marriage Equality

      On May 9, 2012, President Obama spoke in favor of marriage equality in an interview with ABC News. In his strongest show of support, he affirmed that the right to marry should extend to same sex couples. Please tell all your friends and neighbors that this petition seeks to send the same message that President Obama spoke to our leaders in Harrisburg. People from all over the world, who may very well travel to Pennsylvania deserve to be assured that marriage equality is granted here and their lives and loves will be protected here. We owe that to visitors, and we most definitely deserve it as citizens of Pennsylvania. Thank you for all your support.

    16. Updated cover photo

      Folks, thank you for all your support of marriage equality in Pennsylvania. I changed the cover photo for our petition because I wanted to show everyone that our fight has a human quality to it. These are real lives and real families who are in a struggle for recognition. We want the responsibilities that come with marriage, and we demand the rights too. We have over 1,300 signatures on this petition. When we reach 10,000, I will share this petition with the Governor, and the PA legislature. I want them to know that we want marriage equality for all Pennsylvanians. Please take a moment to share this petition with your friends, family, and colleagues. Let them know our lives and our love are worth fighting for.

    17. Reached 1,000 signatures
    18. Thank you all

      I want to take a moment to thank each and every one of you for signing the petition to bring marriage equality to Pennsylvania. I have been fighting for equal rights for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, pansexual, and all other sexual identities since 1996. Continue to spread the word to others that all we seek is equal rights and equal protection under the law.

    19. Reached 250 signatures

    Supporters

    Reasons for signing

    • jess depalma PITTSBURGH, PA
      • 4 months ago

      it should have never been an issue ...we should be allowed to love who we love

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    • Heather Kellermann HARRISBURG, PA
      • 4 months ago

      Everyone deserves to be able to marry the love of their life.

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    • Susan Tighe STATE COLLEGE, PA
      • 4 months ago

      Because it's right. Separate is not equal.

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    • yailin Quinones DJFFJDF, IL
      • 4 months ago

      I Support Marriage Equality. Everybody has the right to be with the person they love.

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    • Lucia Verderosa ARGENTINA
      • 5 months ago

      Yo creo que todo el mundo necesita tener igualdad en el matrimonio ya que es un derecho que debe ser otorgado a quien quiera casarse con su ser querido.

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