Gay Marriage Paper - Gay Marriage Amendment Process Since...

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Since its adoption in 1787 the United States Constitution has been presented with numerous potential amendments, or changes and additions, yet only seventeen adjustments have been accepted. In today’s world, issues concerning gay marriage, the death penalty, and abortion split our population on whether or not these arguments should be admitted into the constitution thus making it law. Regardless of the issue at hand, it is not necessarily the contents that propel a potential constitutional law into action. Instead, the constitutional law is enacted due to the correct following needed as proposed by the constitution itself. Using the first example, gay marriage, one can examine the process by which a proposal becomes a Constitutional amendment. The processes, by which the Constitution may be amended, as described in Article V, require substantial following from the voting members in our government branch of the legislature. The United States Legislature is based on a bicameral system and therefore is comprised of two separate bodies of people, or chambers as they are commonly referred to. The bicameral system puts forth these two chambers, one as the voice of the people and the other as the voice of the states. Together these chambers are known as Congress. The first chamber is the House of Representatives. The House is the representation of the people and their needs for the particular state that they were elected from (50). The number of representatives per state are based upon the population of the state; the larger population states are granted more representatives while the lower population states receive less representation. Each state is guaranteed at least one representative. The other chamber of Congress is known as the Senate. The Senate consists of one hundred members, allowing only two representatives per state. The
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