On Sunday, Republican Senator Lindsey Graham from South Carolina announced that he thinks pushing for a constitutional amendment allowing for same-sex marriage will hurt the Republican Party. He said that it will hurt the party in the 2016 presidential election if they add it to their platform because the process won’t “bear fruit.”
Even though same-sex marriage became legal nationwide on Friday, many Republicans have said that they won’t embrace the new ruling. But some Republicans have come out and said they think the next step is a constitutional amendment to protect the right even further. Opposition to same-sex unions has become less and less prevalent for Republican voters over the years, so adding an amendment to the GOP’s platform seems like a logical step. Graham isn’t in agreement.
He doesn’t think an amendment like this would ever be “ratified by three-fourths of the state.” Earlier in the week, Graham also stated that he still believes each state should have the right to define what makes a legal marriage. He isn’t wavering on what he thinks about a constitutional amendment, however. He thinks it would be “doomed to fail.”