Could We See a Constitutional Convention to Ban Same Sex Marriage?

With the Supreme Court striking down part of the Defense of Marriage Act, same-sex marriage opponents are mulling a drastic measure as their next move.


The National Review’s Hadley Arkes writes states that have already banned same-sex marriage may have to resort to a Constitutional Convention to preserve those bans.

These decisions, handed down by the Court today, affect to be limited in their reach, but they are even worse than they appear, and they cannot be cabined. They lay down the predicates for litigation that will clearly unfold now, and with short steps sure to come, virtually all of the barriers to same-sex marriage in this country can be swept away. Even constitutional amendments, passed by so many of the states, can be overridden now.

They may have to think anew on a strategic path once considered and long ago discarded: They may have to ponder again the use of Article V of the Constitution to amend the constitution on the appeal of two-thirds of the states.  If we add the number of states that have constitutional amendments now to protect marriage, along with States that have resisted same-sex marriage in their laws, they would be more than enough to call for a constitutional convention to amend the Constitution on this subject.