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What Is the Marriage Amendment?

A marriage amendment was proposed to the constitution of the United States for the purpose of limiting marriage to only a union between a man and woman and not two people of the same sex. This is also clearly stated in a particular article in the constitution itself. This only means that this amendment which is also known as the Marriage Protection Amendment restricts and prohibits same-sex marriages and polygamy.

Polygamy, as it is defined in the dictionary, is the condition of a person having more than one spouse. For this amendment to be legalized and be included in the United States constitution, two thirds of each house of Congress and majority of the citizens of the state should agree to it. There was one instance where this amendment failed due to lack of supporters.

As what is stated in the United States constitution, “Marriage in the United States shall consist only of the union of a man and a woman. Neither this Constitution nor the constitution of any State, nor state or federal law, shall be construed to require that marital status or the legal incidents thereof be conferred upon unmarried couples or groups."

There are several objectives of the marriage amendment. One is to be able to strictly follow what is stated in the constitution which limits marriage only to a man and a woman. This should give an end to privileges given to same-sex couples who want to get married because this would completely go against the constitution. This marriage amendment, though, is still not finalized because of different existing arguments among those who think it is right and those who think that it is a form of discrimination.

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