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Federal Marriage Amendment - H.J. Res 56

Defines marriage as union of man and woman only 

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The following is the complete text of a congressional resolution proposing an amendment to the Constitution that would legally define marriage as the union between a man and a woman only. The resolution (H.J Res 56) calling for the Federal Marriage Amendment, was introduced before the House of Representatives on May 21, 2003. Backers of the amendment say its ratification would preclude state laws from sanctioning same-sex marriages.

The resolution has been referred to the House Committee on the Constitution and has not yet been debated by the full House.

Proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States relating to marriage. (Introduced in House)

HJ 56 IH

108th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. J. RES. 56 Proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States relating to marriage.

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

May 21, 2003 Mrs. MUSGRAVE (for herself, Mr. HALL, Mr. MCINTYRE, Mr. PETERSON of Minnesota, Mrs. JO ANN DAVIS of Virginia, and Mr. VITTER) introduced the following joint resolution; which was referred to the Committee on the Judiciary

JOINT RESOLUTION Proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States relating to marriage .

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled (two-thirds of each House concurring therein), That the following article is proposed as an amendment to the Constitution of the United States, which shall be valid to all intents and purposes as part of the Constitution when ratified by the legislatures of three-fourths of the several States within seven years after the date of its submission for ratification:

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"SECTION 1. Marriage in the United States shall consist only of the union of a man and a woman. Neither this Constitution or 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."

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