Wednesday | August 13, 2003
New push against gay marriage
Those wily Republicans are at it again, reintroducing a constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage. As the wingnut Lou Sheldon put it, "You can't rule a constitutional amendment unconstitutional".
In years past, this could be shrugged off as the usual work of the usual bunch of christian wackos within the GOoPer caucus. But they have a new secret weapon -- the expected decision by the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court to legalize gay marriage. The hysteria this is generating could be enough to push it through the House, though its prospects in the Senate would be much weaker.
And then there's the whole issue about states rights that might also help derail the amendment:
Conservatives who have long warned that the federal government has too much power over the states find a constitutional amendment depriving states of one of their most long-standing jurisdictions -- marriage laws -- highly unpalatable. Even a chief DOMA sponsor, former Rep. Bob Barr, R-Ga., has said he opposes a constitutional amendment on those grounds.If it made it through Congress, however, could it garner the 3/4 of states (38) necessary for passage? I doubt the amendment would pass in California, Connecticut, Delaware,
It's not an effort that has much of a chance of success, but it must, of course, be taken seriously. And if it does make it to the states, it's sure to be hugely divisive.
So get ready for the push moments after the MA SJC issues its ruling. It will get really ugly, really fast.Posted August 13, 2003 09:37 AM