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Vote Now: Two amendments for defining marriage

September 6, 2013 by NCC Staff


Does the Constitution need a new amendment to define marriage? Vote now in our “Next 10 Amendments” project!

10 amendments logoThe National Constitution Center’s Next 10 Amendments project is asking Constitution Daily readers to vote about 10 possible changes to the Constitution through the amendment process.

We presented 10 topics for discussion starting this summer and the online debates were moderated by Chris Phillips, research fellow of the Center for Programs in Contemporary Writing at the University of Pennsylvania and executive director of the nonprofit organization Democracy Café.

We also asked readers to suggest wording for proposed amendments, which went to our editorial board. And after reading the comments and suggestions, we have 10 proposed amendments for our readers to consider.

In this case, our board selected two alternative amendments: You can vote for one or both below.

So exercise your civic duty, join the discussion and check back on Constitution Day to see what America has to say about our founding document.

Note: Suggested amendments come from readers and represent different viewpoints, and not the viewpoint of the National Constitution Center.

CURRENT VOTE: Defining marriage.

PROPOSED AMENDMENT 1: “Each state has the right to enact its own laws regarding marriage.”

PROPOSED AMENDMENT 2: “Federal, state, and local government should have no authority in determining who marries.”

VOTE BELOW. (If you can’t see the voting box below, click this link.)

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