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03/16/2010

Elton John's reworked version of 'Philadelphia Freedom' staved off for now

by Jeremy Hooper

Pa-4By an 8-6 vote, the Pennsylvania state Senate Judiciary Committee voted down a marriage equality ban:

Pa. Senate panel tables bill to ban gay marriage [AP via LD News]

Good news, obviously. But still, as long as we live in a country where anti-American bullsh*t like this can come even this close to advancement, we're still in a less-than-okay state of affairs.

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**The vote breakdown, with phone numbers, in case you want to thank the supporters/encourage progress:

The eight Senators who voted to kill SB 707:

Sen. Lisa Boscola, District 18- Bethlehem (610) 868-8667
Sen. Patrick Browne, District 16- Allentown 610-821-8468
Sen. Jay Costa, District 43- Pittsburgh 412-241-6990
Sen. Jane Earll, District 49- Erie 814-453-2515
Sen. Wayne Fontana District 42- Pittsburgh 412-344-2551
Sen. Daylin Leach District 17- Del, Mont Cos. 610-468-4200
Sen. Mike Stack District 5- Philadelphia 215-281-2539
Sen. Mary Jo White Dist. 21- Franklin, Butler, etc (814) 432-4345

The six Senators who voted in favor of putting gay people's civil rights before the whims of a majority vote:

Sen. Stewart Greenleaf Dist 12 Mont., Bucks Cos. 215-657-7700
Sen. John Gordner: Dist 27- Columbia, Luzerne, Dauphin, Montour, Northumb., Snyder 570-784-3464
Sen. Jane Clare Orie: District 40 Pittsburgh North Suburbs 412-630-9466
Sen. Jeffrey Piccola: District 15 Harrisburg area 717-787-6801
Sen. John Rafferty Dist 44 Montgomery, Berks, Chester 610-831-8830
Sen. Joseph Scarnati: Dist 25 Cameron, Clearfield, Elk, Jefferson, McKean, Potter, Warren 814-726-7201

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It was pretty easy to pull up the websites for the 8 Senators who voted to kill SB707. I've sent them all a "thank you" email.

Posted by: keltic | Mar 16, 2010 4:23:13 PM

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