Skip to content. In a brief announcement, Bush urged Congress to pass an amendment to the Constitution "defining and protecting marriage as a union of a man and a woman as husband and wife. Massachusetts' highest court ruled in November that same-sex couples have the same right as heterosexuals to marry and ordered the state to begin issuing marriage licenses to them in May. To the delight of conservatives who have pressed Bush to speak out for such an amendment, the president said he had decided that action is needed because "a few judges and local authorities are presuming to change the most fundamental institution of civilization," and that such changes "could have serious consequences throughout the country. He declared that the bond between a husband and wife "promotes the welfare of children and the stability of society.
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With most of the precincts reporting Tuesday, unofficial returns showed the amendment passing with about 61 percent of the vote to 39 percent against. North Carolina is the 30th state to adopt such a ban on gay marriage. Tami Fitzgerald, who heads the pro-amendment group Vote FOR Marriage NC, said she believes the initiative awoke a silent majority of more active voters in the future. In the final days before the vote, members of President Barack Obama's cabinet expressed support for gay marriage and former President Bill Clinton recorded phone messages urging voters to oppose the amendment. Supporters of the amendment responded with marches, television ads and speeches.
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Pushing for a constitutional amendment against same-sex marriage would not only fail, but also hurt the Republican Party , presidential candidate and South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham R said Sunday. The Supreme Court ruled against same-sex marriage bans on Friday, and many Republicans have dug in their heels and said they won't support marriage equality even if the highest court says it's a right. Some have said now is the time for a constitutional amendment that would supersede the Supreme Court's ruling.
Jump to navigation Skip navigation. Neither this Constitution, nor the Constitution of any State, nor State or Federal law, shall be construed to require that marital status or the legal incidents thereof be conferred upon unmarried couples or groups. The first sentence says that every state must deny same sex couples the right to marry. The second sentence goes further; it would override any existing local and state level protections and benefits for gay and lesbian couples, or any other unmarried couple, including hospital visitation rights, inheritance rights, pension benefits, and health insurance among others. Rather than allow states to decide upon their own definitions of marriage or similar social compacts, the Federal Marriage Amendment would impose a single, discriminatory definition of marriage that all states would be required to follow - regardless of existing state laws.