Marriage amendment falls short in US Housee

Marriage amendment falls short in US Housee

In an 0 for 2 day for those of us who hold life and family sacred, the US House also defeated a constitutional amendment to prevent gay marriage. The House voted 236-187 in favor, but a two-thirds majority was needed to pass a proposed amendment. Forty-seven representatives short. Hopefully the constituents of those 187 will remember this vote when it comes time for re-election in November. Surely not all of those districts are as liberal as the six we have in Massachusetts. Predictably, opponents of the amendment said the bill was about being mean to people because we won’t give gay activists what they cannot have. They sound like spoiled kids having a tantrum.

Last month the amendment fell 11 votes short of the two-thirds needed to pass in the Senate.

More hopefully, 45 states have either state constitutional amendments or state laws banning same-sex marriage. However, those laws are one court decision from being declared unconstitutional, while the constitutional amendments are one court decision away from being declared in violation of the Full Faith and Credit clause of the US Constitution, as long as any state—like Massachusetts—offers the legalized artifice of gay marriage.

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Domenico Bettinelli

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