Great, now we have three days of Senate debate about amending the U.S. Constitution to ban gay marriage, even though few if any lawmakers think the amendment will pass.
Setting aside concerns about using the Constitution to restrict rights, rather than to protect and expand them, there is a fundamental reason to oppose this amendment: Marriage is a state issue, not a federal one. Yet with only a few noteworthy exceptions, Republican senators who champion federalism and local control seem happy to override states’ rights on marriage — especially if it energizes the religious right before the upcoming elections.
Posted by Phillip Brownlee
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