State Sen. Jason Rapert just introduced a bill to add an Arkansas constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage in all 50 states.
The text of the bill, SjR7, reads, “Nothing in this Constitution or in the constitution or laws of any state may define or be construed to define marriage except as the union of one man and one woman, and no other union shall be recognized with legal incidents thereof within the United States or any place subject to their jurisdiction.”
The bill is little more than “an application to Congress to call a convention for proposing an amendment to the United States Constitution concerning the definition of ‘marriage.'”
Basically it’s a powerless move by a local politician who isn’t actually able to facilitate change in our national government, but its impetus is clear.
With a majority GOP Congress and an empty Supreme Court seat waiting to be filled by a Republican president, the future for same-sex marriage is starting to look grim.
To be clear, the constitutional amendment process is an extremely difficult one and is rather unlikely, but the desire by so many GOP Congressmen to overturn the U.S. Supreme Court’s gay marriage decision in Obergefell v. Hodges is extremely disheartening.