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Neither this Constitution, nor the constitution of any State, shall be construed to require that marriage or the legal incidents thereof be conferred upon any union other than the union of a man and a woman.
It is important for people to understand that the argument has shifted from talk about tolerance and a right to homosexual relations based on a right to privacy to explicit public approval. And that's profound in its implications. Dogs, no matter what their relationship, are not allowed to marry.
How should society treat gays and lesbians in committed relationships? As dogs or as humans? If this happens, the culture war is over and everything associated with it is lost. We can ill afford to let far right leaders succeed again in swaying an election by exploiting irrational fears.
The institution, really more than any other, determines the well-being of our future, of our children, of our communities. The "Marriage Amendment" to the U. Constitution was first introduced into the House of Representatives on MAY The amendment, in its initial wording, stated: Neither this Constitution nor the constitution of any State, nor state or federal law, shall be construed to require that marital status or the legal incidents thereof be conferred upon unmarried couples or groups.
Opinions of the nature of the amendment, as originally written, differ sharply: Supporters of the amendment say that it would simply: Maintain the status quo: Restrict courts from interpreting constitutional law in a way that would achieve marital equality.
That is, the courts might give special privileges -- those that have traditionally been reserved only for married people -- to couples in common-law relationships: Maintain the freedom of individual state legislatures to pass laws, if they wish, which grant create civil unions or give common-law couples these rights and benefits.
Those opposed to the amendment say that the amendment would: Write discrimination into the U. Have major, long-term, negative cultural, moral and social implications.
Invalidate numerous state and local domestic partnership laws. Obviously, at least one group was either lying or misinformed about the precise nature of the proposed amendment.
Constitution was designed to be difficult to change. According to Senator Tom Daschle D-SD"In years, the Constitution has only been amended 17 times, although there have been 11, separate attempts.
It then has to be ratified by at least 38 states. The Washington Post estimated on JUN that fewer than 52 senators would vote in favor, and that the bill will be defeated. The FMA was resurrected in early and again failed. The amendment appears to be at least temporarily dead for three reasons: The installation of a Democratic administration and majority Democratic Senate in makes passage essentially impossible, and An increasing number of states are legalizing same-sex marriage Voter support for SSM has been increasing and opposition has been decreasing.
They reached equality circa Many national polls from to the present time show that support for SSM outweighed opposition by a growing margin.Jun 26, · Supreme Court Declares Same-Sex Marriage under the 14th Amendment's protections, "couples of the same-sex may not be deprived of that right and that liberty." struck down the federal.
I - The Proposed Federal Amendment Banning Same-Sex Marriage Does Nothing to Protect Heterosexual Marriage A) It Stands No Serious Chance of Becoming Law Although the debate over same-sex marriage is a real one, the debate over the Federal Marriage Amendment is political theater.
Proposed marriage amendment for the U.S. Constitution "Federal Marriage Amendment" (FMA) to prohibit same-sex marriage (SSM) Sponsored link. Quotations: "Marriage in the United States shall consist only of the union of a man and a woman.
Neither this Constitution, nor the constitution of any State, shall be construed to require . Jun 26, · For supporters of same-sex marriage, Friday's ruling comes as a long-awaited bookend to the Supreme Court's ruling that struck down the federal Defense of Marriage Act and required the U.S.
Federal Marriage Amendment. President Bush spoke about his support of a proposed federal Marriage Protection Amendment that would define marriage February 24, Same-Sex Marriage Amendment. I - The Proposed Federal Amendment Banning Same-Sex Marriage Does Nothing to Protect Heterosexual Marriage (continued) C) It Does Not Close Pandora's Box Many critics of same-sex marriage argue that if it is legalized, incest, polygamy, and bestiality will ensue.