PRINTER'S NO.  1124

  

THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF PENNSYLVANIA

  

SENATE BILL

 

No.

935

Session of

2009

  

  

INTRODUCED BY LEACH AND FARNESE, JUNE 5, 2009

  

  

REFERRED TO JUDICIARY, JUNE 5, 2009  

  

  

  

AN ACT

  

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Amending Title 23 (Domestic Relations) of the Pennsylvania

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Consolidated Statutes, further providing for definitions;

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providing for same-sex marriages; and making a repeal.

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The General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania

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hereby enacts as follows:

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Section 1.  The definition of "marriage" in section 1102 of

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Title 23 of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes is amended to

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read:

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§ 1102.  Definitions.

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The following words and phrases when used in this part shall

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have the meanings given to them in this section unless the

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context clearly indicates otherwise:

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"Marriage."  A civil contract [by which one man and one woman

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take each other for husband and wife] between two people who

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enter into matrimony.

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Section 2.  Section 1704 of Title 23 is repealed:

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[§ 1704.  Marriage between persons of the same sex.

 


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It is hereby declared to be the strong and longstanding

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public policy of this Commonwealth that marriage shall be

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between one man and one woman. A marriage between persons of the

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same sex which was entered into in another state or foreign

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jurisdiction, even if valid where entered into, shall be void in

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this Commonwealth.]

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Section 3.  Title 23 is amended by adding a section to read:

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§ 1704.1.  Same-sex marriages.

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(a)  Construction.--Nothing in this title shall be construed

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to compel a religious sect to perform same-sex marriages.

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(b)  Marriages outside Commonwealth.--Marriages performed

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legally outside this Commonwealth shall be recognized by the

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Commonwealth.

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Section 4.  This act shall take effect in 60 days.

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