A new Franklin & Marshall College poll shows that 54 percent of Pennsylvania residents support marriage equality, up 2 points from a similar poll in February. The results come the same day that lawmakers introduced marriage equality legislation.
Meanwhile, various legal challenges continue to play out in Pennsylvania. There are two different lawsuits pending, one in federal court and one in state court. There is also the legal action the state has taken against Montgomery County for issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples — 174 in total before a judge intervened. The state Department of Health argued that same-sex couples are no more eligible for marriage than 12-year-olds, and a county official in neighboring Lehigh County compared same-sex spousal benefits to pet subsidies.