Republican Congressman Paul Broun, from the 10th district of Georgia, has just introduced a bill to amend the Constitution of the United States of America in order to reduce marriage rights.
Reduce marriage rights?!? Don’t I mean to say that Congressman Broun has introduced a constitutional amendment that would protect marriage?
No. That’s what Congressman Paul Broun says about his proposed constitutional amendment, but it’s not true. The Broun amendment to the Constitution would ban all Americans except for heterosexuals from getting married.
The first clause of the 14th amendment to the Constitution of the United States declares, “No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.” That means that all couples in the United States have an equal right to get married. Most states don’t follow this constitutional requirement, but it is there nonetheless.
So, when Congressman Broun’s amendment to forbids some Americans from getting married, it undermines the 14th amendment to the Constitution. Congressman Broun’s constitutional amendment says that equality in America is only for some people. Within Congressman Broun’s new vision for America, equality will be traded in for inequality.
Paul Broun’s constitutional amendment is anti-equality, and it’s anti-marriage.
Unfortunately, Paul Broun isn’t the only one supporting this terrible constitutional amendment. As of this afternoon, Representative Broun has 28 cosponsors committed to support his anti-marriage amendment. If you see the name of your representative in Congress on this list, make a call through the congressional switchboard at (202) 224-3121, and tell your representative’s staff that you want to see their cosponsorship of Paul Broun’s antimarriage amendment removed: