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Opposition grows to sexual orientation constitutional amendment
That was not the only opposition to Constitutional Amendment Concurrent Resolution 17 as others said the sexual orientation needs to be more clearly defined and the proposed changes more thoroughly studied before letting voters decide in the next general election.
Without the constitutional amendment, said the bill's prime sponsor, Sen. David Pierce, D-Hanover, lawmakers could roll back hard–earned protections for the gay community.
"We don't know enough about this to throw this into the constitution," said Bryan McCormack, Cornerstone Action executive director. "We don't know the reaches of this or how it will be utilized in the future."
Others were concerned the term sexual orientation was too board and could include pedophilia, bestiality or incest.
More work needs to be done before transgender individuals have the same securities and protections gays, lesbians and bi-sexuals have, Butler said.
If the resolution passes the three-fifths threshold in the House, it will appear on the ballot in November, where it will require a two-thirds majority of the voters to be added to the constitution.
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