Monday, February 04, 2008

Joint Resolution to Protect Marriage

On December 19, 2007, Representative Louie Gohmert (R-TX) introduced H.J.Res. 74, a joint resolution proposing an amendment to the United States Constitution relating to marriage. The text of the proposed amendment states that "Marriage in the United States shall consist only of a legal union of one man and one woman."

On January 14, 2008, this resolution was sent to the House Judiciary Committee, Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights, and Civil Liberties. A complete list of the Subcommittee members can be found at http://judiciary.house.gov/committeestructure.aspx?committee=7.

Upon approval of such a resolution by two-thirds of both the House and Senate, it is sent directly to the Administrator of General Services for submission to the individual states for ratification. This resolution specifically calls for ratification by conventions in three-fourths of the states. If ratified, it will become a valid amendment to the Constitution and does not have to be presented to the President for approval.