U.S. House to Vote on Ban Soon
Last month the U.S. Senate voted on and failed to pass an amendment to the federal constitution. Now, the U.S. House is getting in on the election year tactics.
Back in 2004, Marilyn Musgrave (R-Colorado) introduced the amendment that the House could vote on as early as next Tuesday:
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 that marriage or the legal incidents thereof be conferred upon any union other than the union of a man and a woman.The second sentence would ban civil unions and seriously threaten domestic partnership laws. This means that civil unions in Vermont and Connecticut would be retracted.
But earlier this week, Rep. Louis Gohmert (D-Texas) -- a former judge -- introduced this new version of the ban:
Marriage in the United States shall consist only of a legal union of one man and one woman.A spokesperson for Gohmert, suspected he made the change (which removes the second sentence and adds the word "legal" to the first) because he was "uncomfortable" with the orignial wording, and in part because of his previous experience as a judge.
It's worth noting that states with two-sentence bans -- like Michigan and Ohio -- are the ones dealing with lawsuits and judicial interpretation of the second sentence.