Researched and written by Brianna Dugan
The General Assembly of Pennsylvania, Senate Bill No. 719 Session of 2013
In Accordance to:
Note: This document is not to take the place of the official Senate Bill No. 719 released from The General Assembly of Pennsylvania, and is by no means meant to serve as a reproduction. This document is for simple understanding of the Senate Bill No. 719 for all people associated with the organizing, rallying, and proposing of this act.
An Act “Amending Title 23 (Domestic Relations) of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes, further providing for definitions; providing for same-sex marriages; and making a repeal.”
The General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania is asked to enact Section 1. of Title 23 ( Domestic Relations) to read as follows:
§ 1102. Definitions.
“Marriage” – A civil contract between two people to enter into matrimony
As opposed to: “Marriage.” A civil contract by which one man and one woman take each other for husband and wife (current legislation)
Section 2. Section 1704 of Title 23 is repealed: [§ 1704. Marriage between persons of the same sex.
Direct quote underneath.
“[It is hereby declared to be the strong and longstanding public policy of this Commonwealth that marriage shall be between one man and one woman. A marriage between persons of the same sex which was entered into in another state or foreign jurisdiction, even if valid where entered into, shall be void in this Commonwealth.]
Repealed as follows: Two parts.
1. Construction of marriage: No religious sect of any kind needs presence in order to perform a same- sex marriage.
2.Commonwealth Acknowledgements: Same –sex marriages performed outside the Commonwealth will be recognized by the Commonwealth.
Section 4. This act shall take effect in 60 days.
General Description of PA Senate Bill No. 719:
PA Senate Bill No. 719 is in repeal to change the current legislation of Marriage in the Pennsylvania Commonwealth. Marriage is repealed to exist as: a civil contract between two people who enter into matrimony. The construction of this bill is to ensure that religion of any kind, need no presence in the performance of a marriage, and the Commonwealth of PA is to recognize marriage that is performed in another state and or foreign jurisdiction.