The Arkansas House of Representatives has again failed to pass a proposal calling for a U.S. Constitutional Amendment that defines a marriage as between one man and one woman. The proposal, sponsored by Republican Sen. Jason Rapert of Bigelow, received 50 votes in the House, one vote shy of passage. SJR7 had passed out of the 35-member Senate on a 18-9 vote.
An original version of the bill called for a constitutional convention of the states, operating under Article V of the U.S. Constitution. House sponsor Rep. Mickey Gates (R-Hot Springs) amended the resolution to remove the call for a state legislature-initiated convention and replaced it with language asking Congress to pass a constitutional amendment.
In order to adopt constitutional amendments, Congress needs to reach two-thirds majorities in each chamber.