Pennsylvania Marriage Amendment (2014)

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The Pennsylvania Marriage Amendment will not appear on the November 4, 2014 ballot in Pennsylvania as a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment. The measure would have defined marriage as “the legal union of only one man and one woman as husband and wife.”[1]

The amendment was introduced in the House by State Representative Daryl Metcalfe (R-12) as House Bill 1434.[1]

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See also: Amending the Pennsylvania Constitution

In Pennsylvania, an amendment can go on the ballot after just one session, but only if the legislature declares an emergency. In the absence of an emergency, the amendment must be considered in two separate legislative sessions. The measure was not voted upon in a prior legislative session, thus disqualifying it for the 2014 ballot. Furthermore, the amendment stalled in the House State Government Committee in May 2011.[2]

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