Lott: Amendment Requires Study

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Mississippi Sen. Trent Lott has taken a stand on the debate over gay marriages.

In a news conference with Mississippi reporters, Lott shared his opinion of a proposed constitutional amendment to ban gay marriages.

"I support the President's proposal. I want to look at it carefully and there will be hearings in the judiciary committee in the Senate to make sure that the language is just the right language," Lott said. "I think it's best to keep it simple and short, particularly if you're talking about amending the constitution. Basically, I do think marriage should be defined as between a man and a woman."

Two-thirds of the House and Senate must support the amendment for it to pass. Then it would have to be ratified by three quarters, or 38, of the state legislatures.