A marriage amendment is a lost cause – by definition

Roanoke Times

February 20, 2005
By G.F. Pranzarone

Pranzarone is a professor of psychology at Roanoke College.

A hot issue in the last election was whether a constitutional amendment defining marriage as a union between one man and one woman should be proposed. According to a recent Associated Press story, Karl Rove insists that President Bush will work toward such an amendment, while some on the religious right are disappointed at Bush’s recent inactivity.

It’s a lost cause. It will be impossible to pass a “marriage” amendment, or prevail in the courts limiting marriage between one “man” and one “woman,” considering that we don’t yet have a scientific definition of what defines a “man” or a “woman.”

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