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February 29, 2004
The Miller Marriage Amendment
According to the New York Times (reg. req.) a number of state legislators are taking up the issue of gay marriage and many are proposing state constitutional amendments against the practice (won't those states look foolish and backwards in 20 years, or less) (Legislators Push for State Action on Gay Marriage). Democrats in Georgia have a unique response to the call for a state amendment against gay marriage. They (facetiously, it seems) propose an amendment against adultery. Now, of course, an anti-adultery amendment doesn't make a lot of sense. The costs of enforcement would bankrupt the country. Besides which, you don't really want to throw people in jail for private acts, do you? On the other hand, we don't want people to think that adultery, which seriously undermines the most "fundamental institution of society" (in President Bush's words), is taken lightly. Thus, I propose a compromise.
What better way to show that adultery is not to be taken lightly then by holding our office holders to a higher standard? Not everyone is perfect, of course, and a blanket ban might occasionally be unjust, so I also leave room for exceptions to be made. Forthwith, my proposed amendment:
No person shall be a Senator or Representative in Congress, or elector of President and Vice-President, or hold any office, civil or military, under the United States, or under any State, who, having previously taken vows of marriage, shall have committed adultery. But Congress may by a vote of two-thirds of each House, remove such disability.
Ask your members of Congress if they would support such an amendment and if not, why not.
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