Today's the day: openly gay Pennsylvania State Rep. Brian Sims and his colleague Steve McCarter -- both Philadelphia Democrats -- are introducing the Pennsylvania Marriage Equality Act, which would bring the freedom to marry to the Keystone State.
Despite staunch opposition from Gov. Corbett and conservatives, the legislators said they are encouraged by recent action in the state, and that more than 30 lawmakers have signed on to the bill as co-sponsors.
"It was really in June when Rep. McCarter and I, who've been talking about this for a while, took the lay of the land and found our colleagues were ready to support this issue," Sims said. "We've been seeing this growing support, so it's the right time."
Sims said that while he knows the bill will be contentious and doesn't "have some pie-in-the-sky idea [it's] going to sail through the Legislature," the bill "is going to become law sooner than later" because society is quickly embracing marriage equality.
Way to go, Reps. Sims and McCarter!
Image of Brian Sims via Facebook.