I learned in seventh grade civics that according to Article V there are only two ways to amend the Constitution of the United States. The first method is the only one that has been used to date and it requires an affirmative vote of two-thirds of both the Senate and the House of Representatives followed by a ratification of three-fourths (or at least 38) of the state legislatures. The second method, which has never been tried, says that two-thirds of the state legislatures can call a Convention for the purpose of amending the Constitution. If approved by such a Convention then the proposed amendment(s) would still have to be ratified by three-fourths of the state legislatures. That knowledge led me to scratch my head when I received the following:
Action Alert: Urge Senators to Give Democracy Back to the People
Do you can see my confusion? The PCUSA Office of Public Witness thinks that the vote of 51 Senators is actually enough to amend the U.S. Constitution. Maybe they are confusing the process in Washington with the simple majority required for the General Assembly of the PCUSA to issue its recent Authoritative Interpretation regarding marriage.
The email alert goes on to say that “At this historic moment, there are still some Senators who can be convinced to vote in favor of their constituents, and not the special interests. But they need to hear from you.” Again, from my 7th grade recollection, I think that means 17 more Senators would need to have a change of mind and heart in order for the proposed amendment to carry. Then, it would go to the House where it would need to achieve a 2/3 vote as well.
I concur with the Office of Public Witness that you should Email your Senators now! But do so with a conscience guided by the Scriptures and with a mind informed with accurate information.