A "different ruling striking down the 1913 law would have provided ample material for the religious right in their efforts to drum up support for the MPA." In effect, this blunts a major argument about the immediacy of passing the law, as expressed in last week's Republican Party whitepaper Why a Marriage Amendment is Necesary.
The Dark Side's aim is to rally the orcs with such emotional verbiage, according to University of Virginia Associate Professor of Politics Paul Freedman. Jacobs adds, "Freedman told Bay Windows that he believes the Republicans are hoping to use same-sex marriage as they have long used the abortion issue, to fire up their base. Yet he said they may be barking up the wrong tree." He cites slowly increasing public acceptance of homosexuals, of gay adoption and of SSM. Plus once a state passes a DoMA law and/or amendment, the issue is dead.
Text of amendment:
Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled (two-thirds of each House concurring therein), That the following article is proposed as an amendment to the Constitution of the United States, which shall be valid to all intents and purposes as part of the Constitution when ratified by the legislatures of three-fourths of the several States:
SECTION 1. This article may be cited as the `Marriage Protection Amendment'.
SECTION 2. 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.
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