South Carolina General Assembly
117th Session, 2007-2008

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H. 3696

STATUS INFORMATION

Concurrent Resolution
Sponsors: Reps. Barfield and Leach
Document Path: l:\council\bills\rm\1119ssp07.doc

Introduced in the House on March 13, 2007
Introduced in the Senate on March 20, 2007
Currently residing in the Senate Committee on Judiciary

Summary: Marriage

HISTORY OF LEGISLATIVE ACTIONS

     Date      Body   Action Description with journal page number
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3/13/2007  House   Introduced HJ-49
3/13/2007  House   Referred to Committee on Invitations and Memorial
Resolutions HJ-49
3/14/2007  House   Committee report: Favorable Invitations and Memorial
Resolutions HJ-1
3/20/2007  House   Adopted, sent to Senate HJ-29
3/20/2007  Senate  Introduced SJ-15
3/20/2007  Senate  Referred to Committee on Judiciary SJ-15
3/23/2007  Senate  Referred to Subcommittee: Ritchie (ch), Rankin, Lourie,
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COMMITTEE REPORT

March 14, 2007

H. 3696

Introduced by Reps. Barfield and Leach

S. Printed 3/14/07--H.

Read the first time March 13, 2007.

THE COMMITTEE ON

INVITATIONS AND MEMORIAL RESOLUTIONS

To whom was referred a Concurrent Resolution (H. 3696) to memorialize the United States Congress to amend the Constitution of the United States, pursuant to Article V of the Constitution of the United States, and submit, etc., respectfully

REPORT:

That they have duly and carefully considered the same and recommend that the same do pass:

ROBERT W. LEACH, SR. for Committee.

A CONCURRENT RESOLUTION

TO MEMORIALIZE THE UNITED STATES CONGRESS TO AMEND THE CONSTITUTION OF THE UNITED STATES, PURSUANT TO ARTICLE V OF THE CONSTITUTION OF THE UNITED STATES, AND SUBMIT TO THE STATES FOR RATIFICATION AN AMENDMENT TO RECOGNIZE MARRIAGE AS THE UNION OF ONE MAN AND ONE WOMAN.

Whereas, the union of man and woman in marriage has been recognized as the foundation of society since time immemorial; and

Whereas, the founders of our country decreed marriage between a man and a woman to be "the highest and most blessed of relationships"; and

Whereas, marriage between one man and one woman affords undeniable benefits to society at large by providing the optimal setting for raising children; and

Whereas, at least forty-five states have enacted laws to define marriage as being between one man and one woman, and the federal government enacted the Defense of Marriage Act in 1996; and

Whereas, twenty-seven states have adopted amendments to their constitutions to protect the definition of marriage as being only between a man and a woman; and

Whereas, marriage is a solemn ceremony of special significance and importance to the people of the State of South Carolina; and

Whereas, the people of the State of South Carolina view with growing concern attempts to change the definition of marriage through judicial action and thus exclude popular participation in this matter; and

Whereas, the Constitution of the United States provides the citizens of the states the opportunity to ratify through their state legislatures or through conventions amendments proposed by the Congress; and

Whereas, the people of South Carolina look to their representatives in Congress to fulfill their Constitutional role and to provide their constituents the opportunity to amend the Constitution to represent their views in those matters they deem most important. Now, therefore,

Be it resolved by the House of Representatives, the Senate concurring:

That the members of the General Assembly of the State of South Carolina, by this resolution, memorialize the United States Congress to amend the Constitution of the United States, pursuant to Article V of the Constitution of the United States, and submit to the states for ratification an amendment to recognize marriage as the union of one man and one woman.

Be it further resolved that a copy of this resolution be forwarded to the President of the United States Senate, the Speaker of the United States House of Representatives, and each member of the South Carolina Congressional Delegation.

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