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HJ 586 Constitutional amendment; marriage may exist only between a man and woman (first reference).

Introduced by: John A. Cosgrove | all patrons    ...    notes | add to my profiles

SUMMARY AS PASSED: (all summaries)

Constitutional amendment (first resolution); marriage. Provides that "only a union between one man and one woman may be a marriage valid in or recognized by this Commonwealth and its political subdivisions." The proposed amendment also prohibits the Commonwealth and its political subdivisions from creating or recognizing a legal status "for relationships of unmarried individuals that intends to approximate the design, qualities, significance, or effects of marriage." Further, the proposed amendment prohibits the Commonwealth or its political subdivisions from creating or recognizing "another union, partnership, or other legal status to which is assigned the rights, benefits, obligations, qualities, or effects of marriage." This resolution incorporates HJRs 584 and 615. The amendment proposed in this resolution is identical to that proposed in SJR 337 as passed.


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