For some reason, a lot of right wingers have a real hard-on for hating on the 17th Amendment, which changed the Senate from being appointed by state legislatures to being elected by voters. But I’ve never heard anyone blame it for gay marriage like Tony Perkins just did.
Speaking on his radio program yesterday, Perkins called the amendment “one of the first places we got off in terms of how our government is functioning,” lamenting that “senators are no longer accountable to the states.”
Having voters instead of state lawmakers elect senators, Perkins lamented, “had a drastic impact upon judicial appointees that the Senate has signed off on that overturned state laws, like we’ve seen this rash of overturning these state marriage amendments, that never would’ve happened if these senators who approved these judges were still held accountable to state legislatures.”
I bet that was the whole purpose of passing that amendment in 1913. That Satan is so cunning!
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