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  • Texas Gov. Proposes New Amendments To US Constitution Which Could Gravely Affect LGBT Civil Rights

    Greg Abbott just unveiled a major policy plan to amend the U.S. Constitution, the result of which could lead to same-sex marriage bans and an end of LGBT protections.

    In a clear attempt to further distance the State of Texas from mainstream America, GOP Governor Greg Abbott has just unveiled what he would like to become nine new amendments to the U.S. Constitution. Among them are several that appear to be aimed at landmark and historic U.S. Supreme Court decisions, like last June's, which found bans on same-sex marriage unconstitutional.

    Abbott's proposed amendments, which he announced at the Texas Public Policy Foundation, read like an anti-government, states' rights fan's dream:

    • Prohibit congress from regulating activity that occurs wholly within one state.
    • Require Congress to balance its budget.
    • Prohibit administrative agencies from creating federal law.
    • Prohibit administrative agencies from pre-empting state law.
    • Allow a two-thirds majority of the states to override a U.S. Supreme Court decision.
    • Require a seven-justice super-majority vote for U.S. Supreme Court decisions that invalidate a democratically enacted law
    • Restore the balance of power between the federal and state governments by limiting the former to the powers expressly delegated to it in the Constitution.
    • Give state officials the power to sue in federal court when federal officials overstep their bounds.
    • Allow a two-thirds majority of the states to override a federal law or regulation.

    Several, including the one that would require a seven-justice super-majority vote of the Supreme Court, and limiting the federal government's powers to those expressly delegated to it in the Constitution, could be used against same-sex marriage or the rights of same-sex couples.

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    Others, such as prohibiting administrative agencies from pre-empting state law, could easily be used to push back federal civil rights and equal protection laws, like the current efforts by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) that are codifying the belief that the Civil Rights Act of 1964 already protects LGBT citizens from discrimination.

    Abbott's extensive plan, "Restoring The Rule Of Law," spans 92 pages.

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    "The Constitution is increasingly eroded with each passing year," it cynically begins. "That is a tragedy given the volume of blood spilled by patriots to win our country’s freedom and repeatedly defend it over the last 240 years."

    It also immediately takes a swipe at Rep. Nancy Pelosi, quoting albeit not naming her, in a House procedural discussion on Obamacare. 

    The Texas Governor claims that America has "forgotten what it means to be governed by laws instead of men," which is ironic, given Abbott's recent attacks on free speech and civil rights.

    Abbott's plan would convene a constitutional convention, which is allowed under the current Constitution, although difficult to arrange. Two-thirds of the 50 states would have to support such a plan, and three-fourths would have to vote in favor of any proposed amendments for them to pass.

    Abbott, a first-term governor closely affiliated with both Tea Party extremists and the radical anti-gay religious right, is not above using his new office to give support and credibility to the most outlandish beliefs of his constituency. For example, last year when the right wing nuts, motivated by Alex Jones, claimed the U.S. Government was planning to go to war with Texas, in what was known as Jade Helm 15, Gov. Abbott issued a statement saying he would protect Texas' independence, activating the Texas State Guard and ordering it to monitor the training exercises of the U.S. Military.

    The 58-year old Roma Catholic has built his political career on attacking President Obama. He infamously said in 2013, as the Texas attorney general, "I go into the office, I sue the federal government and I go home."



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    • commented 2016-01-15 00:37:48 -0500
      he can propose all the amendments he wants to. do you realize how much effort and how many years it takes to amend the constitution?

    • commented 2016-01-10 04:34:17 -0500
      There are certain salient facts that are completely obscured by Greg Abbott. There are actually too many points to make regarding Greg’s wet dream wishes. But the main one that has already been decided is the right of the state’s to supersede Federal law/s.
      The Civil War was fought because the southern states wanted to keep.the institution of slavery, a massive economic boost for the agricultural states of the south. There was also one more reason, self determination without the interference of the centralized government. The southern states lost that war and we’ve been fighting this fight ever since. The Southern states continue to push the idea that they’re governments unto themselves and can pick and choose which laws they will follow. Wrong headed thinking leads to the situation that we’re experiencing today.

    • commented 2016-01-10 00:21:50 -0500
      He’s a Roma Catholic? Does that mean he’s part Gypsy? Not that there’s anything wrong with that.

    • commented 2016-01-09 17:14:31 -0500
      I just don’t know how this idiot got elected! Too bad the tree that fell on him and put him in the chair wasn’t a 150 year old oak tree. But you can rest assured that it bumped his head bad enough to make him crazy.

    • commented 2016-01-09 09:04:31 -0500
      Nine amendments? Why not just scrap the original and start over with something you like better? You’d have just about the same chance of success.

    • commented 2016-01-09 08:33:33 -0500
      How did this retard get elected over Wendy Davis? It’s ridiculous.

      Say what you want about Florida and Lord Voldemort, but at least we didn’t elect an SNL character as our governor.

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    • commented 2016-01-09 00:13:58 -0500
      This isn’t going to happen. Nine amendments? Seriously?
      Several of these amendments are in themselves unconstitutional (like allowing two-thirds majority of the states to override a U.S. Supreme Court decision), so they aren’t going to happen.
      These are merely droplets of a Tea Partier’s wet dream after skipping Civics class.

    • commented 2016-01-08 19:17:25 -0500
      As we say here in Texas, he’s all hat and no cattle.

    • commented 2016-01-08 18:03:44 -0500
      My original comment should have said in 2011 51% of all Texas schoolchildren were Hispanic.

    • commented 2016-01-08 18:00:24 -0500
      They’re trying to stop the oncoming onslaught of brown skinned voters. it’s not going to work.The Republicans in Texas are going nuts.in 2011,51% of all Texas school children By 2024 when the kindergartners are 18,the Republicans expect to lose control.They’re desperate. If they don’t succeed with this nonsense(and they won’t),their next step will be extreme anti-government violence when they no longer control the vote.Every 30 seconds a Hispanic kid turns 18.We just have to wait these nutcases out and make sure a Democrat is in the White House for the next eight years.Then it’s all over for the Republicans.

    • commented 2016-01-08 17:25:30 -0500
      Obviously creating an insanity defense to whatever criminal charge he’s about to face!

    • commented 2016-01-08 16:59:33 -0500
      Texas, just secede already. And take Oklahoma with you.

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