House Bill 2604 Printer Number 3513

Referred to the Committee on Judiciary
1. Amending Title 23 (Domestic Relations) of Pennsylvania
2.   Consolidated Statutes, defining "marriage"; and adding
3.   provisions relating to same sex marriage
4.  The General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
5. hereby enacts as follows:
6.  Section 1.  Section 1102 of Title 23 of the Pennsylvania
7. Consolidated Statutes is amended by adding a definition to read:
8. (section) 1102. Definitions
9.   The following words and phrases when used in this part shall
10. have the following meanings given to them in this section unless
11. the context clearly indicates otherwise:
12. ***
13. "Marriage."  A civil contract by which one man and one woman
14. take each other for husband and wife.
15. ***
16. Section 2.  Title 23 is amended by adding a section to read:
17. (section) 1704.  A marriage between persons of the same sex
18.  It is hereby declared to be the strong and longstanding
19. policy of this Commonwealth that marriage shall be
20. between one man and one woman.  A marriage between persons of the
21. same sex, which was entered into in another state or foreign 
22. jurisdiction, even if valid where entered into, shall be void in
23. this Commonwealth.
24.    Section 3.  This act shall take effect immediately
Sponsors Egolf, Maitland, Flick, Hershey, Coy, Stern, D. W. Snyder, LLoyd, Lucyk, Argall, True, Waugh, Fleagle, Lynch, Fargo, DiGirolamo, Baker, Phillips, Sather, Schuler, Birmelin, Feese, Tigue, Olasz, Armstrong, E. Z. Taylor, Leh, Hess, Clymer, Hutchinson, Brown, Clark, Pitts, Rohrer, Micozzie, Stish, Saylor, Schroder, and Hennessey (May 8, 1996)

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