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Pride of Authorship

James Taranto says that he came up with the idea behind Orrin Hatch’s proposed constitutional amendment to vest powers over the recognition of same-sex marriages with state legislatures. His idea was actually a bit more limited than Hatch’s. He wanted an amendment that would block federal courts from imposing same-sex marriage; Hatch’s amendment would also block state courts from doing that. I think I’m the first person to suggest an amendment like Hatch’s, in the Corner once or twice over the last two years. After spending 20 minutes trying to find the posts via our archives and Google, I realized that satisfying a small point of vanity was not really a good use of my time. Anyway, I’m perfectly happy to call it the Hatch-Taranto Amendment.

Ramesh Ponnuru is a senior editor for National Review, a columnist for Bloomberg Opinion, a visiting fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, and a senior fellow at the National Review Institute.

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