Marriage Amendment Proposed in the Senate
Marriage Protection Amendment
Posted by Adam Hayes
The marriage protection amendment will be discussed further in the Senate on Monday, June 5, 2006. Let your voice be heard.
Although not a "normal topic", I felt that this should be brought to people's attention. There is a proposed amendment to the constitution being discussed in the Senate. It reads as follows:
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.
Here is a partial dialog of what was discussed on the Senate floor:
Throughout human history and culture, the union of a man and a woman has been recognized as the essential cornerstone of society. For millennia, marriage has served as a public act, a civil institution to bind men and women in the task of producing and nurturing their offspring. In some eras it has existed apart from romance, love, and mutual regard. In ours, we have embraced the ideal of marriage that deepens and enriches the bonds of love, that grows with every shared memory, endeavor, and challenge: husband and wife, father and mother, building a family and a community over a lifetime.
At its root, marriage is and always has been a public institution that formalizes that family bond--its intent to further the community's interest in successfully rearing the next generation of healthy and prosperous citizens. But now, this fundamental institution is under attack. There is a concerted effort underway to redefine marriage against millennia of human experience and against the expressed wishes of the American people. Activist courts are usurping the power to define this social institution. And if marriage is redefined for anyone, it is redefined for everyone.
The amendment is straightforward. The amendment is simple. It reads:
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.
That is it. It is simple, straightforward--it is two sentences. The truth is, on the question of marriage, the Constitution will be amended. The only question is whether it will be amended by Congress as the representative of the people or by judicial fiat. Will activist judges amend the Constitution or will the people amend the Constitution to preserve marriage as it has always been understood?
Everyone has a right to voice their opinion and I suggest that you do so by going to www.senate.gov and contact your senator with your opinion on the subject. Let the voice of the people be heard.
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