Two legislators released new details about a bill that would legalize same-sex marriage in Pennsylvania while recognizing unions from other states, and exempting clergy from marrying gay couples if they did not wish to do so.
About 50 people gathered Thursday at LOVE Park as State Reps. Brian Sims and Steve McCarter introduced House Bill 1686, called the Pennsylvania Marriage Equality Act.
"This bill is not innovative. It's not progressive. It's not even all that forward-looking anymore," said Sims, noting that 100 million Americans live in states where gay marriage is legal. "What this bill does is recognize a fundamental right in our Constitution that all people will be treated equally."