The South Carolina Judiciary Committee did not make a decision on Tuesday about a bill that would call for a constitutional convention to amend the U. Constitution to say marriage is between a man and a woman. The committee did send along to the full Senate two other bills calling for conventions, one to require a balanced federal budget and the other to restrict the powers of the federal government. Shane Massey, a Republican from Edgefield, said the committee had three meetings and heard 3. He said he believes that the one bill would cover the other two issues.
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Members of the convention which is comprised of one third politicians and two thirds citizens were overwhelmingly in favor of allowing same-sex marriage with 79 percent recommending that the constitution be amended to allow for marriage equality. The convention's recommendation will now be sent to the Government, which has pledged to hold a debate and respond within four months. As for what form the constitutional change will take, there are two options, a directive amendment "the State shall enact laws providing for same-sex marriage" or a permissive amendment "the State may enact laws providing for same-sex marriage". Asked what form the constitutional change should take 78 percent of members voted for a directive amendment while 17 percent opted for a permissive amendment. The members also voted in favor of recommending that the State pass laws "incorporating changed arrangements in regard to the parentage, guardianship and the upbringing of children". A spokesman for the Catholic Communications Office said: "While the result of the constitutional convention is disappointing, only the people of Ireland can amend the constitution.
Ireland takes step toward gay marriage rights
The committee hearing considered Senate Joint Resolution 7. He also proposed another constitutional amendment defining life as beginning at conception. Such an amendment must be proposed by Congress with a two-thirds majority in both chambers or via a constitutional convention called for and ratified by two-thirds of state legislatures. Hodges that the equal protection clause of the Fourteenth Amendment requires all states to license same-sex marriages. The decision sounded the death knell for the Defense of Marriage Act, which was signed into law in
BOSTON, Massachusetts CNN -- In a joint session Thursday, the Massachusetts Legislature voted down the third attempt in two days to produce a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage and immediately began debating another measure on the same issue. The vote came as lawmakers were well into their second day of passionate debate and behind-the-scenes negotiating -- attempts to hammer out a compromise on whether the state will recognize same-sex couples, and which rights it will allow them. Thursday's session, which began at noon, continued into the evening in the statehouse on historic Beacon Hill, where crowds of protesters -- many of them shouting "Equal Rights! Lawmakers earlier in the day narrowly rejected a compromise proposal that sought to legalize civil unions but ban gay marriage. A similar amendment was rejected Wednesday.