Arkansas Senator submits bill to end marriage equality across the U.S.

Arkansas Republican Senator Jason Rapert
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Arkansas Republican Senator Jason Rapert has taken steps to make an amendment to the U.S. Constitution, wherein marriage would be defined as between one man and one woman.

His proposed bill, Joint Resolution Seven, seeks to ban, “any state from defining or construing the definition of ‘marriage’ to mean other than the union of one man and one woman.”

Rapert says that his filing is on behalf of the people of Arkansas. He needs 34 states to approve of his bill to call for a constitutional convention. If that happens, delegates would hear the marriage amendment and decide whether or not to change the Constitution.

However, Rapert says in accordance with Article V, he would only need 38 states to make the amendment a part of the Constitution, and he is very confident there is enough support to make that happen.  

“I think the country now knows the silent majority is out there and they spoke during the 2016 election, and they’re going to speak again,” he said.

The Senator however is not in favor of a constitutional amendment to legalize medical marijuana which passed by 53-percent of the vote in his own districts, and last week filed a bill to delay that process.

The KATV reporter asked if favoring the will of the people on one issue, but not the other might be considered hypocrisy. Rapert became agitated and nearly ended the interview.

But then added, “There is no hypocrisy in standing up for what you believe in. It is not bigoted to say that marriage is between a man and a woman.”

Rapert also filed another bill last week asking for an amendment to outlaw a woman’s right to choose, “providing that every human being is entitled to the right to life," he said.