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The soonest voters could see the measure is in 2015.In 2009, the house of representatives considered an amendment to the state constitution, House Joint Resolution 17 (also known as the "Defense of Marriage" resolution), defining marriage as a union between a man and a woman.According to state law, the bill must now be approved by the next, separately elected legislature before voters will see the measure on the 2014 ballot.
According to state law, the amendment must receive a majority vote from both chambers of the legislature in two consecutive sessions before voters are allowed to decide its fate.
The Louisiana Supreme Court, however, upheld the constitutional amendment. Russell of Fulton County Superior Court struck down the constitutional amendment on the grounds that it violated a provision of the state constitution requiring that an amendment cover only one subject.
The Georgia Supreme Court, however, upheld the constitutional amendment.
The measure will now need to be approved by the next, separately elected legislature before voters are allowed to decide its fate in 2016.
After the Iowa Supreme Court made same-sex marriage legal in 2009, a backlash quickly developed that resulted in three of the justices losing their seats in the 2010 election.In response to court action in a number of states, the United States federal government and a number of state legislatures passed or attempted to pass legislation either prohibiting or allowing same-sex marriage or other types of same-sex unions.