On February 28th the Arkansas Senate called for a federal constitutional convention to take up an amendment effectively banning gay marriage throughout the country.
At the beginning of february Sen. Jason Rapert filed a senate joint resolution proposing an amendment banning gay marriage and abortion. He says he filed the bill because he is working on the will of the people of Arkansas.
Rapert hoped that the call of a constitutional convention would cause the states to work together in making sure that gay couples would not get married. His resolution states “that this application constitutes a continuing application in accordance with United States Constitution, Article V, until the legislatures of at least two-thirds of the several states have made application on the subject of a gay marriage ban”.
On top of the ban of gay marriage is another bill calling for an amendment “Providing that every human being from the moment of conception is a person and entitled to the right of life”. This amendment would make abortion illegal.
On February 20th Rapert proposed the same resolution for the first time, both fell short with the marriage resolution vote being 17-7 and abortion ban being 17-6. One week later Rapert brought the resolutions up for a second time.
The chamber consisting mostly of Republicans approved, by 19-9,a vote to call for a constitutional convention to take up an amendment to put the ban in place. “This is a day where the Arkansas Senate stood up for life and stood up for natural marriage between a man and a woman and also it will encourage people around the nation”, Said Rapert.
Rapert is obviously trying his hardest to end gay marriage and abortion. His only hope is the support of the rest of the country. The proposals from Arkansas would need at least 33 other states to agree for a convention to be held, and 38 states would be needed to ratify the amendments.
The resolutions are now on their way to Washington D.C. Rapert himself has said that he believes that he will have enough support to put these amendments to work. Only time will tell as the support from the 33 states is sought out.