Pennsylvania politician compares marriage equality to “giving money out to peoples’ pets”

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Lehigh County Commissioner Tom Creighton of Pennsylvania opposes the legalization of same-sex marriage by saying it is not worth taxpayers dollars. He’s currently proposing  legislation that would deny benefits to LGBT spouses of Lehigh county workers.

“The state has a ban on same-sex marriage, so why should the county be offering benefits for same-sex marriage?” Creighton questioned during a Lehigh county council hearing, as reported by Pink News.

“I don’t feel the county should be looking for new ways to give away taxpayer money. Next it could be giving money out to peoples’ pets or whatever. No, it probably won’t go that far.”

Pennsylvania is currently in discussion of legalizing a same-sex marriage bill. Pennsylvania state lawmakers Brian Sims and Steve McCarter introduced the Pennsylvania Marriage Equality Act on October 3. The Philadephlia Daily reported that 30 lawmakers signed the bill as co-sponsors.

“Like most pieces of legislation, they get introduced and they get moved around, shuffled around and debated. I expect that to be the case with this bill. I don’t have some pie-in-the-sky idea this is going to sail through the Legislature,” said Sims. “This bill is going to become law sooner than later.”

LGBT advocate groups raise concern over the success of legalizing same-sex marriage.

“In a state where you can still be fired for being gay, it’s going to be challenging. But I say in the same breath that you also never know what’s going to happen – who knows?” Equality Pennsylvania executive director Ted Martin said in a press release.

According to a Marshall and Franklin College Poll, 54 percent of Pennsylvania citizens approve marriage equality.

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