Christopher J. Ortiz
The leader of the free world, President Bush, officially
announced Tuesday that he supports the proposed constitutional
amendment banning same-sex marriages. This generation’s Roe v.
Wade, a case legalizing abortion, has divided a nation on a social
issue much like the 1973 Supreme Court decision.
To add an amendment to the Constitution, two-thirds of the U.S.
House of Representatives must vote in favor of amending the
Constitution or two-thirds of the 50 state legislatures must
request a change through a constitutional convention.
Then, 38 of the 50 state legislatures must vote to accept the
We feel that because this is such a dividing and important
issue, a ballot asking for a federal law banning gay marriage or
redefining what a marriage constitutes should be placed in front of
voters. This is an issue that each and every citizen should have an
opportunity to voice his or her opinion on with a vote.
If that federal law passes, the federal government should then
decide to make an amendment to the Constitution. A federal law is
more reflective of how the people feel.