Wicker Introduces Federal Marriage Amendment

Constitutional Amendment Defines Marriage as a Union Between Man and Woman

June 25, 2008

WASHINGTON – Saying that activist judges are attempting to redefine one of our nation’s most sacred institutions, U.S. Sen. Roger Wicker, R-Miss., today introduced the Marriage Protection Act, which would amend our Constitution to declare that marriage is a union between one man and one woman.

“19 states have passed laws and 26 states have amended their constitution to protect traditional marriage,” Sen. Wicker said.  “Rather than giving unelected activist judges the opportunity to legislate from the bench, this amendment will reaffirm what most Americans believe – marriage is between a man and a woman.” 

This Constitutional Amendment simply states: “Marriage in the United States shall consist only of the union of a man and a woman.  Neither this Constitution, nor the constitution of any State, shall be construed to require that marriage or the legal incidents thereof be conferred upon any union other than the union of a man and a woman.”

Wicker’s bill is the Senate companion to House legislation introduced by Rep. Paul Broun, R-GA.