It reads: “Marriage in the United States shall consist only of the union of a man and a woman,” and would require approval by two-thirds of Congress and three-fourths of the states to become an official amendment.
In the past, I’d be comfortable saying that this was just political grandstanding before the mid-term elections, because there is no bloody way that they’d get 3/4ths of the states to pass it.
Now? I’m not so sure.
Small positive element of that story: Sen. Russ Feingold (D- Wisconsin) declared his opposition to the amendment, his affinity for the Constitution and walked out of the meeting.
This pissed off Arlen Specter (R-Pennsylvania), the Judiciary Committee Chairman — “I don’t need to be lectured by you. You are no more a protector of the Constitution than am I,” he shouted as Feingold left. “If you want to leave, good riddance.”
“I’ve enjoyed your lecture, too, Mr. Chairman,” replied Feingold. “See ya.”
Personally, I think he should’ve thrown in a VP-Cheney-approved “Go Fuck Yourself” as well, but hey, that’s just me.