Feb 242004
 
Authors: Collegian Editorial Staff

By:

Shandra Jordan

Colleen Buhrer

J.J. Babb

Jason Kosena

Kyle Endres

Josh Pilkington

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

change.

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.

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