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Monday, June 25, 2012

Whippersnapper Proposes Constitutional Amendment Allowing Gay Marriage

Posted by on Mon, Jun 25, 2012 at 1:25 PM

Next from the campaign of Andrew Hughes, the guy who's trying hard to unseat longtime Seattle Congressman Jim McDermott: a call to amend the U.S. Constitution!

Hughes's proposed amendment:

The right of citizens of the United States to marry shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex, race, gender, or sexual orientation.

Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.

It's a nice enough idea, and maybe it will get Hughes some more attention—especially if it helps him pick a fight with the religious conservatives of Washington's 7th Congressional District, whoever they are.

But really, it's hard to read this as anything more than (another) play for attention, since Hughes offers no roadmap to getting this thing passed. A constitutional amendment is one of the biggest lifts you can find in American politics. Unless Hughes can show how this could plausibly happen—and happen faster than court action, which is probably how gay marriage will next be addressed at the federal level—then I'm not all that interested.


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Baconcat 1
Pandering and gimmicks? For someone who accuses McDermott of being useless this dudebro seems to be setting the success bar pretty low for Jim to nimbly leap over.

Posted by Baconcat on June 25, 2012 at 1:34 PM · Report this
Cato the Younger Younger 2
No roadmap to getting things passed? So he really is just a repeat of Jim McDermott. I mean what has Jim done lately?

Seriously, it is a ploy for attention but at least Hughes is saying SOMETHING that is interesting. And it's more than I can say for the fat old guy who is one step away from yelling "get off of my lawn"
Posted by Cato the Younger Younger on June 25, 2012 at 1:36 PM · Report this
delirian 3
Um, the US Constitution is pretty hard to amend. 3/4 of the States need to agree and 2/3s of both houses of Congress. It is a nice sentiment, but ~10,000 amendments have been introduced and only 27 have been implemented. There are better ways for Mr. Hughes to spend his energy than this.
Posted by delirian on June 25, 2012 at 1:37 PM · Report this
CodyBolt 4
kinda shows how clueless he is...
Posted by CodyBolt on June 25, 2012 at 1:42 PM · Report this
I'm with #1, 2, and 3: I see Jim McDermott as useless (and not even as being interestingly useless, like Kucinich sometimes achieves). But a younger version of useless is still useless - and likely to stick around being useless for decades to come. And pious mouthings about a Constitutional Amendment are about as useless as they come. Even the most generous interpretation of this nonsense is that maybe he's secretly effective and is loudly pandering to the most naive of voters while having an intention of actually getting something done - but that interpretation doesn't speak well of his character, does it?
Posted by Warren Terra on June 25, 2012 at 1:46 PM · Report this
On the subject of clueless... Congress doesn't enforce Constitutional Amendments, the Courts do.
Posted by Brooklyn Reader on June 25, 2012 at 1:59 PM · Report this
Sir Vic 7
Reminds me of the plan D'arcy Burner had for ending the Iraq war, but at least that came from a think tank study group, and wasn't something the active President was taking care of.
Posted by Sir Vic on June 25, 2012 at 3:40 PM · Report this
Baconcat 8
@6: read a few existing amendments and then come back to us.
Posted by Baconcat on June 25, 2012 at 4:04 PM · Report this
keshmeshi 9
Why do you even report on this guy?
Posted by keshmeshi on June 25, 2012 at 4:51 PM · Report this
Posted by Blue Diamond on June 26, 2012 at 12:21 PM · Report this
Posted by powerboy on June 26, 2012 at 6:23 PM · Report this
McDermott has actually been a stalwart and very active champion for LGBT equality. I'll give a few examples: 1) Just last year he wrote the Tax Parity for Health Plan Beneficiaries Act of 2011. It eliminates the disparate tax burden on same-sex and opposite-sex couples who receive domestic partner health benefits from their employers and 2) He cosponsored the Employment Non-Discrimination Act which (for those who don't know) revises federal law to add the categories of "sexual orientation" and "gender identity and expression" to the law as protected against workplace discrimination.
Posted by powerboy on June 26, 2012 at 6:45 PM · Report this

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