WASHINGTON, May 15, 2002 ( – A constitutional amendment which declares that marriage “shall consist only of the union of a man and a woman” is being introduced in Congress today, according to Alliance for Marriage, the organization that drafted the initiative. “A half-dozen members of the House three Democrats, three Republicans are co-sponsoring the amendment,” Matthew Daniels, executive director of Alliance for Marriage, told To become law, the amendment would have to win a two-thirds majority in the House and the Senate and then be ratified by three-fourths of state legislatures.  Despite this high threshold, Alliance for Marriage is confident of success. Mr. Daniels is confident that the amendment would pass in the House and said, “we already have almost the three-quarters of the states required to ratify it. The real battle will take place in the Senate.” He said the purpose of the amendment is to “protect the legal status of marriage from any change by the courts, which buy into the argument of the gay movement.”  See: