JOINT RESOLUTION WHEREAS, the United States Supreme Court has defined the family as “consisting in and springing from the union for life of one man and one woman in the holy estate of matrimony; the sure foundation of all that is stable and noble in our civilization; the best guaranty of that reverent morality which is the source of all beneficent progress in social and political improvement,” Murphy v. Ramsey, 114 U.S. 15, 45 (1885), quoted in United States v. Bitty, 208 U.S. 393, 401 (1908); and
WHEREAS, the United States Supreme Court described marriage as “an institution, in the maintenance of which in its purity the public is deeply interested, for it is the foundation of the family and of society, without which there would be neither civilization nor progress,” Maynard v. Hill, 125 U.S. 190, 211 (1888); and
WHEREAS, the United States Supreme Court in 1977 stated that “the basic foundation of the family in our society [is] the marriage relationship,” Smith v. Org. of Foster Families For Equal. & Reform, 431 U.S. 816, 843 (1977); and
WHEREAS, even in providing for legal homosexual marriage, the Supreme Court of Massachusetts admitted, “We are mindful that our decision marks a change in the history of our marriage law,” and further acknowledged that validating same-sex unions would be a departure from the entire history of Massachusetts civil common law which provided that civil marriage is, “the voluntary union for life of one man and one woman, to the exclusion of all others,” Goodridge v. Department of Public Health, 798 N.E.2d 941,969 (Mass. 2003) (quoting Hyde v. Hyde, [1861–1873] All E.R. 175 (1866)), moreover, the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts observed that, “Marriage…brings stability to our society,” Goodridge v. Department of Public Health, 798 N.E.2d 941,948 (Mass. 2003), in fact, the court recognized that, “the limitation of marriage to one man and one woman preserves both its structure and its historic purposes,” Goodridge v. Dep't of Pub. Health, 798 N.E.2d 941, 992 n. 13 (2003); and
WHEREAS, in 2013 the United States Supreme Court officially severed its respect for marriage by declaring unconstitutional the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) which defined marriage for federal purposes as existing between one man and one woman, United States v. Windsor, 133 S. Ct. 2675 (2013),
NOW THEREFORE, the Legislature of the State of Massachusetts hereby submits the following Joint Resolution to the United States Congress entitled Marriage Preservation Amendment to the United States Constitution.
Application to the United States Congress
to call a Convention for proposing an amendment
to the United States Constitution. Pursuant to Article V of the United States Constitution, the Legislature of the State of Massachusetts by a joint resolution of the Senate and House of Representatives hereby makes application to the United States Congress to call a Convention for proposing the following amendment to the Constitution of the United States.
Marriage Preservation Amendment to the United States Constitution
Nothing in this Constitution or in the constitution or laws of any state shall define or shall be construed to define marriage except as the union of one man and one woman, and no other union shall be recognized with the legal incidents thereof within the United States or any place subject to their jurisdiction.