Senate to Vote on Federal Ban in June

You might remember that back in 2004, the House and Senate failed to pass a proposed federal constitutional ban on marriage.

Well, it’s back. This June the Senate Judiciary Committee will vote on a proposed amendment that would prohibit courts from legalizing marriage equality and state legislators from passing laws about marriage for gay couples.

In question, of course, is the fate of existing marriage-like protections a handful of states offer their gay and lesbian citizens should the ban pass. Massachusetts is the only state offering marriage; but Vermont and Connecticut provide civil unions, and California offers domestic partnerships which provide most of the rights of marriage in that state.

Unlike in Wisconsin, where a simple majority is required to pass a law in the legislature, a two-thirds vote is required to pass a Federal amendment.

It's unlikely the ban will pass, but the gives a sense of how the vote will go.


At 12:31 PM, Blogger Paul said...

The Federal Marriage Amendment clearly shows how politics plays into this. Conservatives know that this amendment won't pass either house, let alone 3/4 of the states. However, just like in 2004, they think that having the issue out there will motivate the base. However, recent polls show that Americans aren't quite as upset about gay marriage, so I really think this attempt will fail politically as well as legally.



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