HARRISBURG, January 31, 2013 – A newly released Quinnipiac poll has shed new light on Pennsylvanians’ views on marriage equality, said Sen. Daylin Leach (D-Montgomery/Delaware) in a statement released today.

That poll, conducted earlier this month, concluded that although Pennsylvania voters are still divided on same-sex marriage, support is on the rise among voters 18 to 34 years old. Voters in that age bracket who were polled supported marriage equality by a margin of 68 to 25 percent, and 48 percent of voters aged 35 to 54 approved it, compared to 41 percent who did not. Another growing support base came from women, who supported same sex marriage by a 50 to 40 percent margin.

“We can see from the results of this poll that Pennsylvanians are growing more and more supportive of marriage equality, especially in the younger age bracket,” Leach said. “While these results are heartening, our work is far from over. We must work together to encourage further progress and to make marriage equality legal in our Commonwealth.”

Leach, a vocal supporter of all civil rights, has been on the forefront of this issue for years and has introduced a marriage equality bill during the last three consecutive legislative sessions. He noted that he plans to reintroduce the bill this year.

While the bill would not require religious institutions to perform any marriage ceremonies or recognize any marriages that they do not wish to sanction, Leach said his legislation would dissolve some of the barriers to building families that same-sex couples currently face.

“Denying basic human rights to a large segment of society contradicts our national creed,” Leach said. “It is our duty as lawmakers to protect the people we represent and to guarantee equality and freedom for all. The time to act is now.”

Leach urged supporters of the bill to contact their state senators and to ask that it be brought up for consideration during this legislative session.

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