Religious Right Seeking to Ban Gay Marriage Without Congress
Posted on Jun 15, 2006
In the wake of the marriage ban’s failure in the Senate, conservative Christian leaders are discussing an unprecedented—although apparently legal—maneuver to amend the Constitution without congressional approval.
Religious Right Seeks Unprecedented Constitutional Convention To Ban Gay Marriage Without Congress
Earlier this month, efforts to ban gay marriage by amending the Constitution failed badly in Senate. Now the religious right is considering appealing to state legislatures to call a Constitutional Convention under an obscure provision of Article 5 that would allow amendments to the Constitution without congressional approval. The Evans-Novak report has the details:
Meeting after the big failure at the offices of the social-conservative Family Research Council, the top leaders of the marriage movement ? Catholic, Protestant and Mormon leaders among others ? discussed the possibility of an unprecedented Constitutional Convention. Two-thirds (34) of the state legislatures would have to call for such a convention ? which could be done only with great difficulty. Even then, no one knows what such a convention would look like or what sort of amendments could result from it.
An anti-gay-marriage protester stands vigil outside the Multnomah Building on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard in Portland, Ore.